'Not good enough' - Ibrox pundit destroys Rangers star who can't keep the ball
Frank McAvennie has ripped into Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos for being unable to keep hold of the ball.
The former Celtic and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, backed Gers boss Steven Gerrard’s decision to withdraw the 24-year-old in the second half against Aberdeen last weekend.
Morelos was fuming when replaced by Jermain Defoe last week as the Light Blues moved 11 points clear at the top of the table with a 4-0 win at Ibrox.
He kept his place in the starting XI for Thursday night’s nearly-but-not-quite 2-2 draw against Benfica and played the full 90 minutes of a thrilling clash.
Gerrard insisted the Colombian was “in a good place” despite his reaction to the substitution days earlier, and his 18 appearances in all competitions this season have yielded seven goals and four assists.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the striker’s reaction on Sunday, McAvennie said: “Morelos kept giving the ball away and that’s not good enough at this level.
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“There is no other reason why the manager took him off. He was having a tough game so he got subbed off.
“That is what he is like, he is a goalscorer and he got taken off.
“Steven Gerrard is paid to make big decisions and that is what he did at the weekend.”
Gerrard said: “Alfredo is fine, we don’t want players smiling and happy when they are taking off the pitch. Alfredo is in a good place…
“It is my job to manage the players when I think the time is right.”