Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has once again been targeted by venomous nonsense peddled by the media after the Scottish Sun’s Bill Leckie branded him a ‘waster’ and a ‘spoiled, angry brat’ who ‘hates his job.’

Fans on Twitter were rightly furious, but the club needs to publicly speak out about the shameful campaign against the Colombian striker.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates his teams first goal scored by Ryan Kent during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 29, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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From constant sly references to the Colombian cocaine trade or the bizarre attempts to compare him with the likes of Luis Suarez on the basis both are South American, there’s something very sinister about the treatment of the 23-year-old Ibrox hero.

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Leckie is far from the only culprit who seeks to vilify Morelos at every opportunity as they criticise every move El Buffalo makes while doing everything they can to ignore the many positives surrounding him.

Let’s be honest, there isn’t a fan in the country wouldn’t want Morelos leading the line for their club but suggestions he is only hammered because he’s a dangerous player seem to be wide of the mark.

You don’t get pundits and journalists using language like ‘waster’ or ‘fled the country’ to decry someone they think is a dangerous player.

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Yet, for all the want for column inches and website hits, there’s no clamour to cover to positive stories surrounding Morelos and the work he does back in his homeland helping those who need it – like the 300-plus children who received toys on Christmas Eve thanks to the Alfredo Morelos Foundation.

The great and the good of Scottish football aren’t talking about the first player in the history of the Europa League/UEFA Cup to score 14 times before Christmas nor are they lauding the charity match for a crowd of over 7,000 in his hometown that Morelos set up through his foundation.

Those all sound like the actions of a waster – and that’s without even acknowledging the fact that he left Colombia as a teenager to move to Finland (scoring 46 times in 62 games for HJK) before heading to Scotland.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Rangers FC and FC Porto at Ibrox Stadium on November 07, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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Had Rangers unearthed some Scottish kid who scored 76 goals and chipped in with 28 assists in 126 games for Rangers there would be statues already built in his honour.

Coming from Cerete rather than Cumbernauld though, those sort of stats – and the off-field antics outlined above – only appear to make you a waster.

Rather than let this sort of garbage continue, Rangers need to demand apologies and start taking the same firm stance they have with BBC Scotland.

 

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