Noel Whelan admits that Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos “infuriates” him after watching the Colombian get sent off against Celtic.
The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, ripped into the Ibrox ace for his petulance in the Light Blues’ 2-1 win at Parkhead.
Morelos was given his marching orders in added time on Sunday after two yellow cards, the first for a barge on Scott Brown and the second for a dive in the Celtic penalty box.
Whelan says that the while Morelos is the type of player who can delight a manager due to his goalscoring ability, the attacker’s silly little moments end up making him a frustration instead.
“The kid drives me mad, as a manager you wouldn’t know whether to give him a pat on the back or give him a punch,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“He’s one of these players that you can be so delighted with but then so frustrated with. All the good that he does during the game and then all these silly little moments, petulant moments that he has in his armoury.
“He would just drive a manager insane. You’ve now lost a top goalscorer for another game, I know you might have replacements but you’re losing your top goalscorer – you don’t need that.
“It just incenses me and it was just so blatant as well, you could see him going for it. You don’t need to do that.”
The Colombian international has scored 28 goals in 35 appearances this season for the Gers and has averaged a goal every 85 minutes across his league and Europa League outings.
Morelos has been at Ibrox since joining from Finnish side HJK Helsinki in 2017 and is contracted to stay with Steven Gerrard’s side until 2023.
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