'Can't do anything right' - Pundit claims Ibrox ace at disadvantage ahead of Rangers v Celtic
Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos will be going into Sunday’s Old Firm clash against Celtic with a “handicap” he has to overcome, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Colombian has a hurdle to overcome in his own mind after never scoring against the Hoops.
In 11 appearances in Glasgow derbies, Morelos has failed to contribute a goal or assist, with two wins, a draw and eight defeats to his name.
Whelan says that he found himself in the Colombian’s shoes during his own career but warned Celtic they cannot take Morelos lightly despite his record against them.
“I played in games against teams that you just can’t do anything right and can’t score goals against them,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“It’s very frustrating, it does stick in your mind, it then becomes a mental handicap because it’s such a big game, it’s the game of the season when you play against Celtic.
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“It’s the Old Firm, it’s Glasgow, they’re the games you want to be scoring in. I know he’s scoring against your Kilmarnocks and, no disrespect, I would expect a player of his quality to be doing that week in, week out.
“When it comes to these games, this is where it matters. This is where titles are decided and big players turn up. Now he will be desperate to turn it around, Celtic will know he’s a danger man
“They won’t be taking it for granted he’s never scored against them. He’ll need to be marked very, very closely.”
Morelos has 28 goals across all competitions already this season, while he has curbed his disciplinary problems with six yellow cards and one sending off for two bookings.