By Jonty Banks

1st May, 2023 | 8:40am

Neil McCann slams Alfredo Morelos on BBC Sportscene after Rangers Scottish Cup defeat v Celtic

Neil McCann has labelled Alfredo Morelos a “let down” after his disappointing performance for Rangers in their 1-0 defeat to Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday (30 April).

Michael Beale’s side fell to a third consecutive Old Firm loss with defeat at Hampden Park, with a catalogue of Gers errors resulting in Jota’s match-winning header just before half-time.

Speaking on BBC Sportscene (30 April, 26:50), former Rangers player McCann also looked at the performance of James Tavernier, as well as Morelos, whose contract at Ibrox expires this summer and was subbed off in the 83rd minute of the clash for Ianis Hagi.

“A let down to his side,” McCann said on the performance of the Colombian.

“It shouldn’t be like this, because this guy [Tavernier] has been an absolute colossus in terms of captaining club and over 100 goals for the club and he’s the guy that had Rangers’ best two chances.

“But when Morelos is [playing], he never offers in behind, he becomes one-dimensional in attack and there is a responsibility to get around and about him.”

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Not good enough

Morelos has always polarised opinions within the Rangers fanbase, but it finally feels like everyone is unified on the idea that he will be leaving Ibrox this summer.

The striker has had some great days for the Gers in the past, but he no longer looks interested in the club’s cause and was a waste of space when leading the line against Celtic on Sunday.

At this point, the likes of Morelos and Kent, who are yet to put pen to paper, shouldn’t be picked by Beale anymore if they aren’t dedicated to the cause.

Instead of starting players who have their minds elsewhere, Beale can look to start the likes of Rabbi Matondo or a few of the club’s youth with one eye on the future.

The Colombian, in particular, simply can’t be fielded on a weekly basis anymore.

His time at Ibrox is coming to a close, and this performance was yet more clarification that Rangers should be better off without his services.

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