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Steven Gerrard was stunned by Alfredo Morelos’ wrath when he was switched when Rangers defeated Aberdeen

‘I’m not getting out’: Steven Gerrard baffled by Alfredo Morelos’ anger when he was substituted when Rangers 11 points ahead of Celtic after victory over Aberdeen

  • Steven Gerrard is baffled by Alfredo Morelos’ reaction on Sunday
  • The Colombian was replaced halfway through the Rangers victory over Aberdeen
  • Morelos was seen throwing his gloves to the floor in a display of rage
  • Gerrard did not understand the reaction of his non-conformist striker

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard enjoyed some ‘incredible’ football in a 4-0 win over Aberdeen and was amazed at why Alfredo Morelos didn’t share his joy.

The Colombia international threw off his gloves in frustration after being replaced by Jermain Defoe halfway through the second half, when Rangers was 11 points ahead of the Scottish Premiership.

Goals from Ryan Kent, Kemar Roofe, Scott Arfield and a penalty kick from James Tavernier left Gers out of sight for the 53rd minute and Morelos eliminated in view of Thursday’s Europa League showdown against Benfica. But he didn’t look happy to be replaced.

Steven Gerrard was baffled by Alfredo Morelos' response on Sunday

Steven Gerrard was baffled by Alfredo Morelos’ response on Sunday

The misfit striker was seen taking off his gloves after being replaced by Jermain Defoe

The misfit striker was seen taking off his gloves after being replaced by Jermain Defoe

The misfit striker was seen taking off his gloves after being replaced by Jermain Defoe

“Did he ever?” Gerrard said. ‘I can not get out. We are leading 4-0, he played well, his teammate is about to join, we have a big game on Thursday.

‘I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Alfredo why he was a little sad. I was not sad, I was very happy. ‘

Gerrard added: ‘I am very happy that we held our level for 90 minutes. We could have scored even more goals, another clean slate, so there were many positives.

‘With the international break you have players here, there and everywhere. As a manager, you wonder if the rhythm of your team will be affected, but we came out really strong.

The Colombian was withdrawn with Thursday's European game against Benfica in mind

The Colombian was withdrawn with Thursday's European game against Benfica in mind

The Colombian was withdrawn with Thursday’s European game against Benfica in mind

‘We played great things again. Some of our moves in the last third were exceptional. We show that ruthlessness and really execute when we get to the right places.

“We were strong from start to finish and I managed to make five changes and take care of people who have traveled a lot. As far as I am concerned, I am very happy. ‘

Rangers extended their lead over Celtic after the champions’ draw against Hibernian on Saturday.

Rangers took a comfortable win over Aberdeen and went 11 points clear at the top of the table

Rangers took a comfortable win over Aberdeen and went 11 points clear at the top of the table

Rangers took a comfortable win over Aberdeen and went 11 points clear at the top of the table

“I watch the rankings every time we play,” Gerrard said. ‘I’m not going to deny that. But I have never known a manager who got carried away in November.

‘There is a lot of football to play, a lot of challenges, a lot of big hurdles to overcome. But I will not deny that I am happy. I would much rather be where we are of course. But stay humble. ‘

Aberdeen missed eight players after Connor McLennan and Lewis Ferguson were ordered to isolate themselves after a positive coronavirus test for Dons and Scotland Under-21 teammate Ross McCrorie.

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