Pundit View: This may be Real Reason Morelos is still a Rangers player - Exclusive
Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is shunned by Premier League clubs in the transfer market because of his ill discipline, according to Kevin Phillips.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner claimed the 24-year-old would be a risky signing for a mid-to-lower English top-flight side given his frequent suspensions.
Morelos was handed a three-game suspension last week following a stamp on Hibernian defender Ryan Porteous last Wednesday.
The Scottish FA charged the Colombian forward for violent conduct and he will miss fixtures against St Johnstone, Hamilton and Kilmarnock.
His 30 appearances for Steven Gerrard’s side this season have yielded 11 goals and five assists.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Morelos’ latest bout of ill discipline, Phillips said:
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“When teams are recruiting and having meetings over targets, discipline is the sort of thing that is brought up.
“A lot of teams cannot afford to have their striker missing for three, four, five, six games a season through suspension.
“I do not think he will waltz into a top-six club, if he was to leave Rangers it would probably be to a team scrapping relegation or in mid-table. Those kind of teams cannot afford to have their main striker missing for a big chunk of the season through ill discipline.
“It is something that might be letting him down, which is a shame because he scores goals. He knows where the back of the net is.
“It is a risk for anyone signing him though. It might be the reason why he has remained at Ibrox over the past few transfer windows.”