Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that Rangers must freeze Alfredo Morelos out for the rest of the season after his “disgraceful” Old Firm sending-off.
The former Aberdeen, Livingston and Dunfermline striker was appalled at the Colombian striker for reacting to Scott Brown’s wind-up antics and receiving his fifth red card of the campaign.
Rangers were forced to play for an hour with 10 men in Sunday’s explosive encounter at Parkhead, which Celtic won with a late James Forrest goal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, our brilliant new columnist Whelan explained why Steven Gerrard needs to overlook the club’s 29-goal top scorer for the seven matches remaining this season.
“I wouldn’t play him again this season,” Whelan explained. “Steven Gerrard has every right to be absolutely furious as his manager and sit him out for the rest of the campaign.
“Time and time again he has let this club down. This man is getting paid a lot of money at a massive football club and can’t control himself. He is a fragile character and doesn’t cope with the pressure.
“Sure, he has scored a lot of goals against the weaker teams, but his record in big matches is poor. He’s the most overrated player in football. Show him he can’t behave so petulantly and get away with it.”
Morelos has been slapped with a four-match ban made up of a suspension for two matches for elbowing Brown plus an additional two given previous sending offs.
The 22-year-old has been red-carded five times this season, with one rescinded.
In other Rangers transfer news, it can be REVEALED that the Ibrox club are on the verge of signing a player after agreeing the terms of a £15,000-a-week deal.