Ahead of tonight’s game against Aberdeen, all anyone was talking about was whether or not Rangers’ star striker would break an impressive goalscoring record. By the time the game had finished, the major discussion point was another Alfredo Morelos red card.
The Colombian received his marching orders just after the hour mark, for a reckless challenge on Aberdeen’s Graeme Shinnie. Manager, Steven Gerrard, defended the striker’s temperament in yesterday’s pre-match presser. Yet, this was the 22-year-old’s third dismissal of the season.
There was a sense of inevitability about the anti-climax, and Rangers fans reacted accordingly on Twitter.
There's a surprise.
— Frank Whittle (@Spey1903) December 5, 2018
I love the boy, but his temperament overtakes him too often. That was needless.
— David Whyte (@Soulstorm99) December 5, 2018
Others were able to use humour to mask their pain. One fan suggested that having less than a full complement would actually be beneficial.
Perhaps he hoped that Rangers could channel the fighting spirit that saw them past Hearts on Sunday, despite a numerical disadvantage.
Finally. We are always stronger with 10
— Scott (@Galohide) December 5, 2018
One fan was particularly creative. You get the sense this particular image may have been held in wait for several weeks.
— Mitchell Freeburn (@mitchf97) December 5, 2018
Overall though, there was a feeling of immense frustration with Morelos. He has shown time and time again this season that he is extremely talented.
Part of what makes him so effective is his ability to ruffle a few feathers, but he has a tendency to take it too far.
What’s more, it is now undeniable that Rangers have a problem with discipline. That’s the side’s eighth red card this season, and they can’t expect to seriously challenge for silverware if they can’t keep all eleven men on the pitch.
There’ll be a lot of disappointed fans this evening, as a proud unbeaten home run, perished.