Chris Sutton has questioned whether the Rangers players are listening to Steven Gerrard amid the disciplinary problems that have beset the team all season.
The Light Blues had had 11 red cards this campaign, five of which have been shown to Colombian hothead Alfredo Morelos.
Former Celtic striker and high-profile pundit Sutton believes this is indicative of serious problems behind the scenes at Ibrox after the Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat to Aberdeen.
“Rangers had blown it. Again,” Sutton told the Daily Record. “Alfredo Morelos was sent off for the fifth time. The indiscipline around the squad is not just down to him.
“Rangers have had 11 red cards this season and what really would worry you is that, less than 24 hours after Gerrard told everyone he’d held a meeting with his players to demand the bad behaviour stopped following a Scott Arfield ordering-off against Hearts, his players were at it again.
“Morelos saw red against Aberdeen and Kyle Lafferty only escaped one because the ref missed an incident. Are the players not listening?”
Football Insider verdict:
There’s no doubt Rangers’ disciplinary record this season is lamentable, and the players’ inability to keep cool under pressure is a major faultline that Gerrard has been unable to properly address. Eleven red cards in a single campaign is an extraordinary number, and suggests the manager’s message is not getting through. The term ‘hair trigger temper’ was designed for someone like Morelos, who makes former Celtic striker Craig Bellamy look like a picture of calm and equanimity. But the striker who sees red almost as often as he tears a defence to shreds is not the only one. There are major issues behind the scenes. Are the players the problem? Or, are they unwilling or unable to change? Does this suggest the authority of Gerrard is not what it needs to be, either for the manager or a team aiming to emerge from the green-and-white hooped shadow on the other side of the city.
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