Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has received criticism from Sky Sports pundit Kevin Phillips over recent comments on a radio interview in his native Colombia.
The Lowdown: Moving away from Rangers
The forward came to Ibrox in 2017 after scoring 46 goals in 62 games for Finish side HJK Helsinki. Since his arrival in Scotland, Morelos has been a consistent scorer for the Gers, netting 97 times in 190 appearances.
The 25-year-old has caused controversy during his time at the club on several occasions, receiving seven red cards since arriving in Glasgow and being called out over some moments of indiscipline by his manager Steven Gerrard.
In a recent interview with Colombian radio station El VBar de Caracol Radio, Morelos claimed that he was “calm” when asked if he wanted to leave Rangers but also said that he hopes to leave “soon”, having been linked with an exit from Ibrox in recent months.
The Latest: Fierce warning from Phillips
Speaking to Football Insider, Sky Sports pundit Phillips has criticised Morelos and urged him not to discuss his future publicly.
The former Sunderland striker said of the Rangers marksman: “He’s just making life more difficult for himself.
“He has to live in that area and we all know what supporters are like. He’ll get away with it if he comes back and scores goals.
“People will turn a blind eye but if he stops scoring and doesn’t look interested, you just leave yourself open.
“Keep your mouth shut and do your job. He needs people around him who will tell him to stop talking and to not answer those questions. Just be positive about Rangers and don’t talk about transfers in public.
“I said at the beginning of the season it would be best for him to move on, I can’t imagine this will go down well with the supporters.”
The Verdict: Morelos needs to stay focused
Despite earning his first Scottish Premiership medal, last season was Morelos’ worst goalscoring campaign for Rangers, with only 12 goals as Kemar Roofe scored two more in his debut campaign at Ibrox.
Speaking about one’s future when linked with a move away never goes down well with a club and its supporters, so Phillips’ comments may well be the thoughts of many Light Blues fans.
Fabio Capello once called the striker ‘an excellent player‘ and Morelos must remain focused on the job at hand at Rangers and put his all in retaining the Premiership title, as well as impressing in the Europa League.
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