Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos didn’t exactly take well to being substituted in the League Cup Final defeat to Celtic, with Antonio Colak struggling to justify the second-half swap.
Colombian forward Alfie appeared to lash out at a fixture in the stadium as he walked off the park in the eventual 2-1 defeat to the club’s Old Firm rivals.
But whilst the petulant moment isn’t exactly becoming of Alfredo Morelos, it has served to sum up the frustrations of supporters who’ve been questioning Michael Beale in the aftermath of the result.
It’s the first time the incoming Ibrox boss has bore the brunt of the blame for a result and whilst Rangers underperformed, there’s a feeling the manager got the team’s selection all wrong.
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With Rangers also toiling going into half time, the manager waited until goals had been scored before he changed it in the second period, as the midfield three were replaced with the score at 2-1.
But this was just after Alfredo Morelos himself had scored and with Rangers chasing an equaliser there were more than a few surprised that the Colombian was hooked.
On came Antonio Colak who, aside from seeing a deflected ball to run through his legs, had little to no impact on the match whatsoever.
A hungry Alfredo Morelos might’ve had that extra inch and after scoring against Celtic the forward was in the game, to see him go off was not only a shock to the support, but also the player himself.
Michael Beale has also spoken previously about playing both Morelos and Antonio Colak in the same team, but he didn’t trust them enough to do so when we were chasing a goal in a Cup Final.
Call it petulance, call it frustration, but it seems Alfredo Morelos knew what we all did too and Michael Beale might look back at the substitution as a key moment in the defeat to Celtic.
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