Adam criticises Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos
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Adam criticises Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos

Former Rangers midfielder Charlie Adam has criticised Alfredo Morelos, describing him as a ‘shadow of his former self’ on GO Radio, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

The striker started the Gers’ drab draw with Livingston at the weekend and was substituted in the 71st minute after failing to provide the breakthrough.

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND – AUGUST 16: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers FC is shown a yellow card during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on August 16, 2020 in Livingston, Scotland. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

Few of Steven Gerrard’s players left West Lothian with pass marks but Adam feels the Colombian international’s disappointing display is part of a wider trend.

“I don’t think he’s giving the team what he did last season, and the only reason he’s in the team at the moment is the other lads aren’t up to speed,” he said on GO Radio, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “Alfredo Morelos is currently a bigger headache to Rangers manager Steven Gerrard than he is to opposition defences.”

“The issue just now is that he feels he has to keep Morelos in his starting XI. If he doesn’t then he will lose value and the other issue is how will he impact the squad if he is not playing?

“I know Gerrard said Morelos’s head had been turned by Lille’s interest, but, outwith the St Mirren game, he has looked a shadow of his former self.

“Take the £15 or £20 million if they can get that and move him on. There will be interest especially the closer we get to the deadline.”

Morelos celebrates after netting for Rangers against St Mirren. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

Adam criticises Rangers striker Morelos – Verdict

Morelos was starved of quality service at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Sunday, with the Gers creating very little on the day against a stubborn Livi side.

He made a mess of a back post header shortly before being substituted but it wasn’t as if he missed a plethora of chances.

Adam is right to point to a general downturn in performances and productivity from the 24-year-old, though, which began long before the start of this campaign.

El Bufalo was on fire up until last season’s winter break but since then, he’s netted just three times in 16 appearances.

That’s a very poor return from a player the club want big money for and it will be interesting to see whether he retains his place when Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten are fully fit and settled.

Lille’s interest may be fading but a number of other clubs across Europe are still said to be keen on Morelos and the closer we get to the start of their respective league seasons, the more likely they are to start tabling concrete bids.

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