Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos cut a forlorn figure for long spells of Tuesday night’s Scottish Premiership clash with Aberdeen – but fans think referees have a problem with the Ibrox star after a baffling penalty decision was given against the Colombian.
The Gers striker gave away a penalty after 12 minutes for an apparent foul on Kenny McLean before the Dons man stepped up to stroke the ball home and give the Dons a 1-0 lead.
Morelos was first to the ball before the Aberdeen ace threw himself over the Gers striker’s outstretched leg to fool the official into pointing to the spot.
The 21-year-old was constantly being spoken to by referee Steven McLean throughout the game – leading to some fans to claim officials have it in for the Rangers star.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
The referees clearly have it in for Morelos. When he’s clearly fouled, he gets booked for diving and when he wins the ball, they rush to give a penalty against him.
— Alastair paton (@A77Y1872) May 8, 2018
McLean is going to send Morelos off, nothing surer. Just got a foul given against him for standing.
— Heart & Hand (@ibroxrocks) May 8, 2018
We're on replay 846 and Walker is still struggling to admit Morelos got the ball 😂
— Gordo (@kasabianite) May 8, 2018
…but Andy Walker witnessing the replay – and no foul by Morelos – can only bring himself to say it was 50-50. Oh now his vision is less green.
— Andy Duncan (@andyjd747) May 8, 2018
I can accept a ref getting a decision wrong but it's clear that certain decisions are made with an agenda. Club should really be much smarter on this and call it out
— John (@JohnMcIntosh19) May 8, 2018
It really is unbelievable what Morelos has to put up with during a game!
— Craig Stockman (@StockmanCraig) May 8, 2018
That's an absolute shocker of a penalty. Surely can't give that 🙈
— Barrie (@twowordsbaz) May 8, 2018
The former HJK Helsinki striker has come in for some pretty rough treatment during his debut season in Scottish football and was involved in several flashpoints at Pittodrie.
Referee Steven McLean had a busy night during the clash between Rangers and Aberdeen with four Ibrox players booked in the opening 45 minutes alone of the fiery clash between the two sides.