Noel Whelan ripped into Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos and compared him to Leeds United stroppy star Pablo Hernandez after he fumed at his substitution against Aberdeen on Sunday.

The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that the 24-year-old “cannot” act like that and must be more of a team player.

Morelos was fuming when replaced by Jermain Defoe just after the hour mark as the Gers moved 11 points clear at the top of the table with a 4-0 win over Aberdeen at Ibrox.

 

Steven Gerrard was left baffled by his striker and insisted that he could not work out why the Colombian responded in such a way with a “big game” to come on Thursday.

Whelan compared Morelos to Leeds United midfielder Pablo Hernandez who was frozen out by Marcelo Bielsa for a similar incident against Leicester City earlier this month.

“You cannot be doing that,” he told Football Insider. “Not when the team is doing so well. He has to be more of a team player.

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“Morelos would have wanted to stay on the field and he would have wanted to have scored. It was no different to how Pablo Hernandez reacted but you cannot do that.

“You have got to have people and characters that understand that it is a team game, a squad game.

“His frustration boiled over. He played well and that will feed into the frustration because he would have wanted to stay on.

“Look, you want to see a reaction of disappointment but it has to be in the right way. Come off having done your job, high-five your manager and the rest of your team – that is the character people want to see.

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