Rangers rebel Alfredo Morelos continued his reign of disciplinary terror with yet another booking on Tuesday night against Aberdeen.
There are three guarantees in life: death, taxes and a Morelos booking.
Being a man of consistency and immense talent, both at scoring goals and picking up suspensions, Morelos was true to form when securing a yellow card against bitter personal rivals Aberdeen – adding to mightily impressive collection of 15 yellow cards and four red cards.
It is genuinely mind boggling how Morelos has only missed five games this season – but he has managed it, and Rangers have ultimately benefitted.
Morelos’ 16 goals make him the Scottish Premierships leading goal scorer ahead of Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove (14) and Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard (12), and interestingly full-back teammate James Tavernier (11).
The Colombian’s heroics in front of goal is exactly why the club and Gerrard are so keen on keeping him on the pitch – in the hope of consolidating their second-place position, or even the top spot.
And Rangers most recent attempt to haul him out of trouble is testament to that.
Morelos’ suspension on Tuesday was awarded for an apparent dive when the player adjudged to have hit the ground too easily upon contact from Dons defender Andrew Considine – meaning he will be missing for the first round of the Scottish Cup next term.
Whether the decision was correct or not, Rangers were absolutely right to challenge it (as per Daily Record).
Of course, ensuring they have their star player is on the pitch is paramount. After all, Morelos has spearheaded the club back into sight of their former glory – to lose him at this stage would be a disaster.
But we believe there is a more fundamental reason behind their appeal.
Even if it was a dive – and there is every chance it will be reviewed in favour of the referee – Rangers will want to prevent the development of a dangerous precedent whereby Morelos is handed cards irrespective of the legitimacy of his actions, simply because of his reputation.
An inherent bias against Rangers would not be good news for their future.
Rangers fans, what do you think – is Gerrard right to appeal? Let us know in the comments below…