Scottish Sun journalist Bill Leckie has savaged Rangers star Alfredo Morelos for his performance in Sunday’s Old Firm clash with Celtic – claiming if Morelos can make a living from football “anybody can.”

The striker missed two gilt-edged chances to score – with one a miss from three yards when he had the goal at his mercy – although turned in a typically hard-working performance as he ran the Hoops defence ragged in the first-half.

The Colombian striker is the Scottish Premiership’s second-top goalscorer with 13 strikes to his name – one behind Kris Boyd – and has scored 17 in all competitions for the Gers.

Leckie thinks the 21-year-old should be an “inspiration” to would-be footballers everywhere after his performance in the Glasgow derby.

“Where Celtic picked Dedryck Boyata in defence, so Rangers played fair by putting Alfredo Morelos up front,” Leckie wrote in his Scottish Sun column.

“Two men whose performances should be an inspiration to every would-be footballer. As in, if they can make fortunes out of the game, surely to hell anybody can?

“I mean, who’s kidding who with Morelos?

“The Ibrox spin machine spent weeks trying to convince us he meant more to them than all the millions in China, then cemented this faith by bumping him on to a new deal with two-and-a-bit years left on his old one.

“Makes you wonder how highly they’d rate him if he was good at his job.”

The Gers received a number of bids in January and February from Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe before agreeing an extended contract with Morelos last week.

Since arriving at Ibrox from Finnish side HJK Helsinki last summer Morelos has become a big favourite with Gers fans after immediately scoring regularly.

The Gers striker has even been touted for a place in Colombia’s squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Football Insider verdict:

Leckie seems to have a real chip on his should with regards to Morelos after previously commenting on how Gers’ fans attitude towards the striker was “he’s a diddy but he’s our diddy”. In 35 games in Scottish football he’s scored 17 times and this is someone who we are to believe isn’t “good at his job”? If Morelos was a Scottish striker we’d have been raving about him and making all the excuses in the world for him after that miss on Sunday. There’s no question Morelos still has a long way to go to improve but the suggestion he isn’t a good footballer is laughable.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has given his instant Twitter verdict on Sunday’s Old Firm thriller and named his man of the match.

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