Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped Rangers to sell Alfredo Morelos in the summer and replace him with somebody with a better disciplinary record.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League striker delivered his verdict after the 24-year-old was handed a three-match ban for stamping on Hibernian’s Ryan Porteous.
The incident was not punished at the time and the Columbian went on to score the winner at Easter Road.
Rangers decided not to appeal the decision and he is absent for three games, which started with Wednesday night’s 1-0 win against St Johnstone. He will also miss the Hamilton Academical and Kilmarnock matches.
It is the second time this season that Morelos has been charged for violent conduct after an incident against Dundee United back in December.
And Agbonlahor has suggested his consistent disciplinary issues will mean Steven Gerrard will look to replace him at the end of the season.
“Every time we speak he seems to have done something,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
“Gerrard will be very frustrated, I bet he’s had numerous private talks with Morelos in his office and told him to count down.
“If a player keeps doing it there’s only one solution.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if in the summer, Rangers look to sell him for a decent fee.
“They can bring in someone else who isn’t going to miss half the season through suspension.”
Morelos‘ goal against Hibs was his fourth in his last six Scottish Premiership games as he finally began to re-find his form.
Prior to that run, he had scored just three goals in 15 top-flight appearances.