Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has been on the receiving end of some seriously questionable treatment from some sections of the media ever since his arrival in Scotland – but the Scottish Sun’s Bill Leckie has taken it to new extremes by branding the Colombian goal-machine a “waster” as he launched a bizarre attack on El Buffalo.
The bitter hack doubled-down on the lazy South American tropes by continually comparing Morelos with Luis Suarez as he straddled the line between bitter rantings and xenophobic bile as the paper’s “Respect Our Players” campaign looks to have died a death,
🗣 "A waster? Yes, for me that’s what the Rangers striker is."
— Scottish Sun Sport (@scotsunsport) January 12, 2020
For some unfathomable reason, Leckie also compared Morelos’ lack of medals in his career with those won by the likes Roy Keane, Graeme Souness and Eric Cantona – conveniently ignoring that Morelos is only 23 and has the bulk of his career ahead of him.
Leckie also couldn’t go a full column without chucking in the most irrelevant stat of them all – Morelos’ lack of goals in Old Firm games.
The bumbling hack ignores Morelos becoming the first player in history to score 14 Europa League goals before Christmas or the fact that he has scored more goals in Europe this season that any other Scottish-based player has managed in a single campaign.
He might not be as genial as Henrik Larsson or have the same sense of humour as Ally McCoist but the Colombian is scoring goals at a rate that makes them look bang average.
That’s not enough for some in the Scottish media though and they simply NEED to find something to criticise Morelos for.
Obviously, he’s such a waster that he left Colombia for the comparable climes of Finland as a teenager as he looked to make his mark in the game.
Unsurprisingly, Rangers fans on Twitter were fuming with Leckie’s bile – with one calling it “gutter journalism.”
Here are some of the comments from furious Rangers fans:
Who’s a waster Bill? pic.twitter.com/MNMJ1ZVGeI
— Chris Scott (@christtocs) January 13, 2020
TL;DR Leckie calls Morelos everything under the sun because he doesn't like his (resting bitch) face.
— SPK (@esspekay) January 13, 2020
'Respect pur players' is going well eh? You bunch of xenophobic hate filled morons.
— Tags (@tagsbo) January 12, 2020
“Miserable, spoiled angry brat who hates his job”.
No regards to Bill Leckie or The Sun. pic.twitter.com/IibuAgjhXY
— Richy (@RJB__29) January 12, 2020
@Hannahnaman So much for the “respect our players” campaign!
Absolutely laughable 😂
— Mr M (@MBS1872) January 12, 2020
Showing his lack of football knowledge, no surprise though, cant hide his bitterness.
— G450 x2 🇬🇧 RFC. (@racingfront) January 13, 2020
You do realise this is bullying, right? We haven’t played a match in this country for 14 days, and yet you’re still looking and digging for means to write about Alfredo.
— The 3 Bears (@The3BearsPod) January 12, 2020
Deary me!!! A bitter and ill informed hack scribes for a paper that epitomises gutter journalism.
I’d say you should be ashamed to print that garbage, but then I remembered that you’re a paper with no morals or scruples anyway.
— Paul (@PaulAtSeas) January 13, 2020