Danny Mills has suggested Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will not trust Alfredo Morelos in big games any more after he luckily escaped a red card against Celtic at Ibrox.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, Gerrard’s former England teammate Mills insisted it is not Morelos‘ poor goal record against Celtic that will worry him but his lack of discipline.
The Colombian was playing for the 14th time against the Hoops on Saturday and continued his drought against Rangers’ Glasgow rivals.
He was taken off after 75 minutes at Ibrox after narrowly avoiding a needless red card.
Celtic’s Shane Duffy fouled Ryan Kent two minutes previously provoking a reaction from Morelos that saw him kick-out at his old nemesis Scott Brown.
Luckily for the 24-year-old, Bobby Madden did not spot the kick and he escaped with just a caution.
However, Gerrard’s reaction to substitute despite him the ‘Gers leading just 1-0 suggests he cannot trust Morelos.
“Steven Gerrard’s issue will be ‘can I trust him?’,” Mills told Football Insider.
“With all that’s going on and that’s happened in the past, he would have thought before ‘can I trust him to be sensible and stay on the pitch and in the game?’. That will be Steven Gerrard’s biggest fear and biggest concern.
“It’s not about his ability, it’s not about whether he’s scoring goals or not at the minute. It’s going to be purely down to ‘can I trust him? Is he going to let me down?’
“Only Steven Gerrard will know that.
“Without a shadow of a doubt he’ll be fuming, it’s just sheer stupidity. That’s all it comes down to.
“You have to be trustworthy as a player, a manager has to be able to believe in you and what you’re trying to achieve and what you’re trying to do.
“If you can’t do that, you’re not going to play in the big games.”
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