Alan Hutton has blasted Alfredo Morelos for getting “in a huff” after he was substituted for Rangers against Aberdeen on Sunday.
The former Gers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted the striker’s petulance, which saw him through his gloves to the ground in frustration, sent out the wrong message at Ibrox.
Speaking after the game, Steven Gerrard admitted he was baffled as to why the 24-year-old was left angry after he was subbed off just after the hour mark with his side 4-0 up.
The striker failed to score against the Dons to leave him without a league goal for over two months.
Hutton admitted he understands why Morelos was frustrated but insisted the Colombian forward needed to show more respect to Gerrard and his Rangers teammates.
Asked if he thought Morelos’ behaviour was disrespectful to his teammates, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, it is, we can’t really cover it up. I understand his frustration, I do get that he is a fiery character and he wants to score every game.
“I can imagine as a forward, we spoke Defoe when it was 8-0 eight and he didn’t score, he’d have been raging, but you show the right attitude. We understand you want to score every game but you come off, you shake your teammate’s hand when he’s coming on and you shake the manager’s hand and you go and sit down.
“Yes you can be angry and be in a huff if you don’t score but you put in a good performance and you help the team as much as you can. If it’s time for you to take a rest, that’s what happens.
“You can’t do that, it just shows all the wrong signs and then he’s sat in the stands with his face tripping him, it just doesn’t look good. So I think that’s probably the bit that annoyed Gerrard the most because he did do well, he just didn’t score on the day. It is what it is but you can’t show that kind of behaviour after, it just doesn’t look good.”
As quoted by the Daily Record, Gerrard said: “I can’t work it out. We’re 4-0 up, he’s played well, his team-mate is about to come on, we’ve got a big game on Thursday.
“I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Alfredo why he was a bit sad. I wasn’t sad, I was very happy.”
In other Rangers news, a Premier League side are looking to move to block a pre-contract agreement at Ibrox.