Noel Whelan has claimed that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will be furious with striker Alfredo Morelos after the Colombian picked up a suspension in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker suggested that the 23-year-old needs to cut the petulance out of his game to become the “full package” for the Gers.
Morelos will miss the Round of 32 second leg clash against SC Braga after receiving his fifth booking of the tournament for a needless foul against the Portuguese side.
As a result, he has been hit with a one game competition ban, much to the annoyance of Whelan.
“Most of these yellow cards are petulant yellow cards,” he told Football Insider.
“They’re needless, and that’s what’s going to infuriate Steven Gerrard even more. He’s an integral part of the team, so to lose him for a game because of an accumulation of stupid yellow cards throughout a tournament is pretty much criminal.
“That’s what Steven Gerrard is trying to cut out in this player. I supposed he’s calmed him to an extent, but there’s still those little deficiencies in his attitude that need to be dealt with, and that’s got to come from him.
“You’ve got a great player on your hands, it’s whether you can control his emotions and the petulant side. If he can get that right, you’ve got the full package.”
Morelos has received 10 yellow cards and two reds so far this term across 42 appearances in all competitions.
With Jermain Defoe still sidelined, Gerrard may turn to 24-year-old loanee Florian Kamberi to lead the line when the Gers travel to Portugal next week.
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