Exclusive: Paul Robinson reacts after Gerrard outs Rangers player publicly
Paul Robinson has claimed Rangers would do well to “cash in” on Alfredo Morelos after Steven Gerrard went public to out him over his poor timekeeping and discipline.
The former Leeds United and Spurs goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, admitted the 23-year-old was a “top player” but urged him to get a grip of himself.
Morelos missed the Gers 1-0 defeat to Hearts in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup on Saturday after Steven Gerrard revealed he dropped the striker for reporting back from his Colombian homeland 24 hours late in midweek.
It means that since the former Liverpool captain took charge at Ibrox the Colombian international has missed a total of 19 games for disciplinary matters.
Gerrard’s decision to go public with Morelos’ poor time keeping comes amid some dreadful form from the striker since the winter break.
When asked whether the comes a point where the club would think about selling their top scorer because of such incidents, Robinson told Football Insider: “It depends what the manager wants but if it is a constant problem with discipline they would do well to cash in on him.
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“Discipline on players like that… Top players always have an edge but it is how you man-manage them.
“He is a top player but we have seen his discipline problems on and off the field. Managers will look at him and some will say, ‘I can get the best out of him.’
“It is down to him because he has the talent but he needs to control his discipline on and off the field.”
Morelos missed the 1-0 Europa League victory at Braga in midweek through suspension having picked up his fifth yellow card of the competition in the first leg.
The centre-forward has scored 29 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions for the Teddy Bears so far this season.
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