Frank McAvennie has slammed Glasgow Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos as he has only just returned to Scotland ahead of the new campaign.
The Lowdown: Morelos taking a break
Morelos spent the summer competing at the Copa America with Colombia, with his country reaching the semi-finals before finally finishing in third place.
Following the end of the tournament, Morelos returned to his homeland Cerete for a break. He arrived back in Glasgow over the last couple of days, and Steven Gerrard said he is due back “at some point” without giving a specific time frame.
The Latest: McAvennie slams Morelos
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie has hit out at Morelos. He said:
“I don’t know what’s happening with Morelos.
“He’s a law unto himself that boy. He’s not come back yet, has he?
“Stevie Gerrard doesn’t know when he’s coming back yet, does he?
“That is an utter embarrassment to Rangers. It’s a terrible situation and terrible from a player.
“I think he may find Gerrard will just lose interest in him. I have no idea how that will play out.
“It must be affecting the whole club. Can they cash in on him just to get rid of him.
“If some of the prices I’m seeing in the papers are right, he’ll be gone.
“You can’t be doing that, it’s an embarrassment to Rangers. He’s not bigger than the club.”
The Verdict: Harsh
Over his time at Rangers, Morelos has certainly not helped himself at times, even with a goalscoring record of 92 goals in 184 games for the club (Transfermarkt).
He has received seven red cards during his spell at the 55-time Scottish champions, and has therefore come in for plenty of criticism. However, in this case, it seems McAvennie is being overly harsh.
Will Morelos still be at Rangers by the end of the transfer window?
Morelos had played a long (and impressive) season in Glasgow and then went straight to compete with his country. While he may not have been a regular starter for Colombia, he was still in a high-pressure, competitive environment, and could not rest.
Gerrard looked frustrated at the constant questions surrounding the 25-year-old’s future rather than when he arrived back in Glasgow. In this case, Morelos deserves a bit more slack.
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