Yesterday, Alfredo Morelos was the hero of the Rangers fans.

A goal away from breaking records, the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer seemed unplayable.

But in what was one of the most disappointing results and performances of the season, the striker let the fans down.

And not just because he got sent off. But because the length and breadth of the country Rangers fans have been defending the wee man.

Whilst they still will, and justifiably so, he’s not exactly doing himself or us any favours.

Morelos got a red for a stupid clash with Graeme Shinnie. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Morelos must deal with being targeted by players

Let’s be honest, Morelos first yellow was ridiculous. There’s now a culture of criticism around the striker which means he’s largely judged to a higher standard than other players. A superb fan blog from yesterday summed up how we were all feeling on the matter.

The stinking atmosphere journalists create around him too deserves criticism.

 

But Morelos does have an issue with petulance and selfishness. We were 1-0 down, they were one man down. We had an advantage to get back into the game, Morelos red killed that.

It was selfish.

Morelos – who has 17 goals for the season – failed to beat the record for consecutive Scottish Premiership matches scored last night. The record sits at 7. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But before Rangers fans go breaking out on the humble pie, it’s important to remember one thing.

The fiery youngster is still learning. He’s still raw. He is going to make mistakes.

But he needs to school himself on these Scottish defenders and referees quickly. He has a few favours to return to his teammates too.

Because if he doesn’t, there will no title race. That’s how important he is to Rangers, and Rangers fans know it.