While Rangers’ rebuild under Steven Gerrard has been a promising one, the manner in which the Gers lost away at Celtic yesterday was hugely disappointing. Indeed, while the 1-0 scoreline looks a vast improvement on the last few Old Firm clashes, it’s hard to argue that the Light Blues deserved anything from the game.
Granted, there was some stout defending from Gerrard’s side and perhaps he has a point on the Ryan Jack foul incident that led to Celtic’s winner but they must be tempered by the fact the Bhoys hit the bar three times and Allan McGregor getting away with a kick.
So, as ever, there’s an awful lot to talk about, despite the low scoreline. However, one man who didn’t do much to add to the conversation was Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, who was recently handed a new deal by the club. The Colombian, who is thought to have attracted transfer interest over the summer, was largely anonymous in the biggest game of the season, during a campaign in which he’s already been sent off two times.
Questions must be asked. Yes, Morelos has scored goals since joining the club from Helsinki but, if he’s not going to perform in the biggest games on offer, is he really worth the hassle?
Bill Leckie referenced this in the Scottish Sun, suggesting the 22-year-old isn’t worth a bumper contract. While a lot of Rangers fans may not like that, particularly so soon after an Old Firm loss, it’s hard to argue with him. At least someone like Kyle Lafferty put himself around and caused small problems for a Celtic defence not all too often tested, after all.
Clearly, Morelos has time to turn it around but, right now, it’s hard to argue with Leckie’s verdict.