Rangers star Alfredo Morelos was at one point the butt of the Old Firm derby joke but it’s he who will have the last and longest laugh as Celtic and their captain Scott Brown left Ibrox humiliated.
The Ibrox striker made it two goals in three derbies to match the Scottish Premiership Old Firm total of the likes of Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths and forever banish the blues of 14 rival games without a goal.
The striker has well and truly ducked his duck and now goes into these matches a fearsome opponent for our rivals who struggled to cope with Morelos’ power and industry in the match.
Celtic captain Scott Brown has regularly had run-ins with the striker over the Colombian’s time in Glasgow and in part this has contributed to the ill-feeling surrounding Alfie at Parkhead.
Forget the fact he was railing in the best part of 30 goals a season in Gerrard’s first two years – the fact he hadn’t scored against Celtic was evidence that talk of a £20m price tag was nonsense.
It wasn’t just Celtic fans either; Celtic-centric media loved indulging in this party line but now he’s made it two derby goals in such an emphatic maner, it’s time those fishing trips were ended once and for all.
Brown too – already looking like every inch the bit-part player-coach for Aberdeen – famously got Alfie sent off after kicking out in a 2-1 Parkhead defeat in March 2019.
At the end of the game, the sarcastic Celtic captain swanned around Parkhead, noising up the Rangers fans and screaming in the face of Andy Halliday, his brinksmanship in the match emboldening over-zealous celebrations.
But as this season has taken hold and the reality of both Rangers’ development and Celtic’s incompetence has become clearer, Brown has been left as one of the Parkhead club’s biggest laughing stocks.
This was his last dance, his swansong, his final chance to lay a glove on a Rangers side he’s not fit to lace the boots of.
But far from skip the light fandango at Ibrox Stadium the moments since the 4-1 hammering have been filled with memes, GIFs and tweets aplenty mocking the once fearless Celtic captain.
Not only did Brown have to suffer the ignominy of old foe Morelos nutmegging him and lashing it high past his goalkeeper, but also Morelos’ taunts.
Resorting to type, as Rangers’ Inside Ibrox from the Old Firm win shows, Brown moans in the direction of Nick Walsh demanding action against Morelos for clashing with Kris Ajer.
— Aaron🏴 (@Aaron__1872) May 3, 2021
“He’s gone for his head! That’s exactly the same as Callum McGregor’s,” says Brown, railing against the red card shown to McGregor earlier in the half.
Waved away – quite correctly – Morelos then procedes to simulate tears streaming down his face with a high-pitched “boo hoo”.
Celtic’s captain then asks why Morelos hasn’t been yellow carded for goading him, the once fearless skipper of an apparently unbeatable team reduced to desperately trying to get players carded.
The almost poetic collapse of Brown in the Old Firm has been an entertaining subplot from this season and all that goading has come back to bite him in the campaign which mattered more than any other.
Morelos too couldn’t resist taking a dig as he uploaded a picture of his Salt Bae celebration to social media.
— Alfredo Morelos (@morelos2106) May 2, 2021
What was particularly clear as the Celtic skipper trudged away from a sniggering Morelos is that whilst Brown won’t be laughing in this fixture any more, Morelos, well, the wee man is just getting started. And he finds it all hilarious.
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