Goal scorer, spitfire, hero and villain.
Alfredo Morelos has taken on every identity during his Rangers career.
The striker has been a polarizing figure since moving to Ibrox in 2017 and has the power to get fans off the feet for the right and wrong reasons.
Alfredo Morelos has been a polarizing figure since he joined Scottish side Rangers in 2017
With 77 goals in 131 games, the talent and importance of the 23-year-old for manager Steven Gerrard is undeniable.
But a record of seven red cards in three seasons is just one of the reasons why some fans see the attacker as an obligation, especially in big games.
His most recent resignation came at the last moments of Rangers’ 2-1 victory over Celtic in December, when he was shown a second yellow for simulation.
Referee Kevin Clancy also gave Morelos a third warning after the striker hit his hand over his throat in a gesture to the opponents as he walked out of the field.
The striker was sent twice against Celtic and has a terrible disciplinary record
The 23-year-old had made improvements before he was broadcast against Motherwell
This was just two weeks after the striker was broadcast for his wild partying against Motherwell, yet another example of his bad temperament.
ALFREDO MORELOS RED CARDS
- August 5 against Aberdeen – spades against Scott McKenna (later withdrawn)
- August 30 vs FC Ufa – two yellow cards for different opinions and kick the ball away
- December 5 vs Aberdeen – elbow on Graeme Shinnie
- February 6 vs Aberdeen – kick out on Scott McKenna
- March 31 vs Celtic – elbow on Scott Brown
- December 14 against Motherwell – two yellow cards for late tackle and celebration for fans
- December 29 vs Celtic – two yellow cards for a mistake and simulation
His fiery nature is one of the reasons why he is so hard to play against, but his failure to properly channel that energy has made him his own worst enemy.
Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believed that his actions in the derby Rangers could have cost the league title and accused him of a lack of maturity.
“Alfredo Morelos is supposed to be a changed man, but old habits seem to die hard,” he wrote in the Daily record.
Gerrard had no complaints about any of the decisions, and perhaps saved him public criticism because of the disciplinary improvements he made at the start of the season.
Before his resignation from Motherwell, Morelos had only picked up two yellow cards in the SPL – a significant improvement over his 2018-2019 campaign.
In that season alone, he received 18 bookings and was sent five times – three against Aberdeen, though one was withdrawn later.
But while the Rangers boss has supported his player this season, there have been cases where the striker’s actions have tipped him over.
Gerrard was furious when Morelos was sent in March last year for an elbow to Celtic Captain Scott Brown.
“I can’t defend him anymore. I think I went above and beyond, “he said Sky Sports after the match.
“I’ll still protect him, but it’s on a line and he was probably above that line with me. I can’t defend it anymore. I will recommend that the board receives a weekly wage and I will also recommend that the money goes to the fans. ”
Steven Gerrard was furious when Morelos was sent for an elbow on Scott Brown last season
But the Rangers manager has repeatedly stayed with the attacker despite his frustration
But the Rangers boss has repeatedly stopped his player and 29 goals in the current campaign justify his position.
The Gers want to prevent Neil Lennon from winning the ninth title in a row and Morelos is the key to that mission.
The Colombian was the top scorer of the SPL last season, despite his suspensions, and has the most goals in all competitions for the Gerrard team.
However, he still has to find the net against Celtic and missed a crucial penalty in the final of the Scottish League Cup in December.
The attacker still has to find it against Celtic and missed a crucial penalty in the cup final
Morelos was reckless in big games, failed to control his calmness and emotions, and saw red twice against Rangers’ bitter rivals.
But do his actions on the field reflect his character outside the football field?
One side of the less well-known attackers is his charity efforts with his hometown of Cerete.
In September 2019, he launched the Fundacion Alfredo Morelos in an effort to help children from the poor area fulfill their dreams.
The footballer is undoubtedly a hero and a role model for the youth of Cerete.
That is the personality that Gerrard must force him to take to the field while Rangers prepare for the SPL run.
Many supporters are less familiar with the charitable efforts of the footballer outside the field