Aberdeen star Scott McKenna has admitted that the Dons employed underhanded tactics against Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos last season.
The Colombian forward saw red a total of three times against the Dons – albeit with one overturned – and McKenna readily admits that’s because Derek McInnes’ side target the Rangers striker.
This season, Alfredo has turned the corner in terms of his discipline, and McKenna admits that Morelos appears to be a changed man.
“His discipline has improved. It is something we targeted last year,” said McKenna [Daily Record].
“The gaffer was probably winding us up to make sure we wound him up.
“It worked a few times and it did benefit us.
“He seems to have tightened up on that aspect of his game and it is up to us to try to stop him scoring, that is our job.”
Alfredo deserves massive credit for turning the corner despite these pretty grimy tactics, which more than anything prove how good a player the forward is.
Clubs wouldn’t be targeting Morelos if a) he wasn’t going to bite and b) he wasn’t a vital part of the Rangers side.
This appears to have gotten through to the wee man this season and Morelos deserves every credit for limiting himself to only two domestic yellow cards this season.
But given the notorious nature of the fixture, McKenna also spoke about the need for players to keep their discipline.
“I don’t know how many matches I have played against Rangers but there have been very few when both teams have finished with 11 men,” said McKenna.
“Ryan Jack also got sent off in a game at Pittodrie so it is important that we keep our discipline and don’t get sucked into anything stupid.”
Rangers travel to Pittodrie hoping to make a statement as real title contenders as they head into one of the biggest weeks of the last decade.