Rival admits intentionally antagonising Gers star in controversial incident
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Aberdeen player admits intentionally antagonising Rangers star

Scott McKenna has opened up on the incident which saw both himself and Alfredo Morelos sent off after a coming together at Pittodrie back in February, as quoted by the Scotsman.
It was one of five dismissals earned by El Bufalo this season and his third against Aberdeen.

This has been a familiar sight for Gers fans this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, of all the reds, this was one of the least clear cut.
Both players came together and Morelos certainly left his leg in. He made minimal contact with McKenna, though, before the Dons defender kicked out towards his face.

McKenna tried to rile Morelos

“I actually tried to wind him up by having a little niggle, but I didn’t realise how raised my leg was,” he said, as quoted by the Scotsman. “It was up near his head so I couldn’t argue with that [sending off]. It’s up to me to remain calm in those situations, even when they are trying to wind me up.”
“You can try and wind your opponent up but you can’t let it get the better of you like I did when I reacted against Rangers.
If they are going to have a nibble back at you then you have to try and let it slide. It’s all part of the game, but I will learn from that and hopefully, it doesn’t happen again.”

Those two have been involved in several tussles this season.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McKenna stressed that he doesn’t actively search for confrontation and niggle. However, when opportunities present themselves to play wind up, he won’t refuse.

“If you’re not overstepping the mark and someone reacts the way a couple of the Rangers players did then… you’ve really not done anything wrong. It’s up to them to try and control their temper and stay on the pitch. You’re well within your rights to try and get a little edge.”

Morelos must learn

In this instance, there’s little doubt the Scotland international was more at fault than Morelos.
However, the Colombian would do well to listen to what his opponents are saying.
It’s not ideal, but the reality is that the better you are, the more likely you are to be targeted. Therefore, if he wants to take his game up another level, it’s something he needs to start rising above.

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