Controversial pundit insists Aberdeen clash is a huge test for Rangers star
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Kris Boyd insists Rangers star Alfredo Morelos 'must not rise to the bait' against Aberdeen

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd thinks that today’s Scottish Premiership clash with Aberdeen could be the “biggest test” of Alfredo Morelos’ new-found control of his temper – but admits that, based on this season, he expects the Colombian to “turn the other cheek” if the Dons try to rile him up.

Morelos picked up three red cards against the Dons last season – one of which was later rescinded – and the Pittodrie side seemed to find a knack for getting under his skin.

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Despite that, Morelos has also produced some brilliance against Derek McInnes’ side, such as his goal at Pittodrie last season, and Boyd admits it is up to the Rangers striker “not to rise to the bait.”

“Morelos has been controlled and mature this season, but this could be the biggest test of his temperament so far,” Boyd told the Scottish Sun.

“Three of the Colombian’s five red cards last season came against the Pittodrie side. Yes, one of them was rescinded, but Aberdeen could get underneath Morelos’ skin. So far in his Gers career, they have brought out the best and worst in him, from top goals to stupid red cards.

“You can bet the Dons players will try to wind him up on the Ibrox pitch. They will look back to his petulant red cards against them last season and try to gain any advantage going. It’s up to Morelos not to rise to the bait. To keep calm and do what he does best — putting the ball in the back of the net.

“Judging by his approach so far this year, you’d expect him to turn the other cheek.”

Morelos has looked like a totally different character last season and it is clear that missing some massive games last season through suspension that the penny has dropped.

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Having an on-fire Jermain Defoe in reserve means if Morelos does slip up, he might find it very hard to get back into the starting XI.

Hopefully, come 5 pm we’re talking about how Morelos ran the Aberdeen defence ragged for 90 minutes rather than another moment of madness from the striker – and on this season’s showings, it is more likely to be the former.

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