Rangers told to withhold Alfredo Morelos wages after new twist - expert
Rangers should refuse to pay Alfredo Morelos if he does not put the effort in to get fully fit, according to Frank McAvennie.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Celtic and Scotland striker suggested the Rangers fans could turn on Morelos if he does not regain his match sharpness soon.
The 26-year-old made his first start of the season in the 3-0 loss to Napoli on Wednesday night (14 September) and almost opened the scoring in the first minute.
As quoted by club media after the game, Giovanni van Bronckhorst claimed Morelos had been “working hard” and was on “another level” from a few months ago.
“If you tell him he’s got to do something, he’s got to do it,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Charlotte Cohen.
“If you tell him he’s got to get fit then he’s got to do it. I didn’t like training but I’d run after a ball all day long.
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“If the manager says you’re going on a four-mile run then you do it. I’ve heard it before, maybe he doesn’t want to do it. Make him do it or you don’t pay him, simple as that. He’ll soon start running if you don’t pay him.
“Gio’s got to sit him down and say ‘This is the best way forward, we’ll get you fit. If you do it on the park, we’ll see what happens in January or next summer’.
“At this moment in time, they are not going to want to give him a contract because he’s not doing anything for them.
“It’s a shame because he’s a good player. You’ve got to give yourself a chance because the game’s too quick now. You can’t hide on the pitch.
“Fans will see it. No matter how much they love him if he’s not running on the pitch they’ll let him know in no uncertain terms that he’s got to get his finger out.
“I hope he does. There’s going to be a battle between Celtic and Rangers this season and Morelos has got to be a part of it.
“If he’s not then it derails Rangers a little bit.”