As interest in the Hearts striker continues, could Kyle Lafferty act as a mentor to Alfredo Morelos?

The former Rangers bad-boy had his fair share of criticism over certain misdemeanours that resulted in off-field incidents, red cards, and play-acting during his first spell at Ibrox under Walter Smith and Ally McCoist.

Whilst Morelos doesn’t have the same rap sheet that Lafferty had during his time in Govan, this could well prove to be a match made in heaven if Rangers decide to follow up their initial bid that was booted out by Hearts last month.

Morelos has struggled with discipline issues since arriving in Scotland (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

A red card at Pittodrie for Morelos against Aberdeen on Sunday sparked both controversy and debate around the country, but there can be no denying the Colombian front-man needs to tame his attitude if he’s to fulfil his potential.

This is where Lafferty could provide a key role in Morelos’ development. The Northern Irishman has been there and done that with off-field criticism and calls for his demeanour to change.

Yet whilst Hearts’ top scorer continues to have his odd lash-out and over-the-top moments on the field, the fact remains that he’s a much more mature and well-rounded player than he was back in his Rangers days.

Gone are the ridiculous play-acting moments that shamefully saw opposition players sent off, as well as his off-field publicity that had him labelled as a much-maligned Rangers forward.

Lafferty had a record of poor discipline during his own time with Rangers (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

This is the kind of experienced individual that could help Morelos overcome his temperamental issues and bring his footballing qualities to the fore.

Many Rangers supporters see a talented individual in Morelos, but that talent is too often overshadowed by rushes of blood.

As well as helping him understand the importance of controlling that energy and using it for good, Lafferty would also help take some of the responsibility off of Morelos’ shoulders.

The Colombian is still just 22-years-old and has the label of Rangers’ number one striker, meaning pressure is heavy amongst the youngster’s shoulders.

Lafferty would provide Morelos with a mentor that could help take some of that on-field responsibility off him as well teach him how to channel his frustration positively.

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