Rangers have accepted the two-match ban for “violent conduct” regarding Alfredo Morelos instead of contesting the SFA’s decision to charge the striker.
Alfredo was charged by the SFA Compliance Officer for a forearm lunge on Dundee United defender Mark Connolly in Rangers’ 2-1 win at Tannadice over the weekend.
Rangers have accepted Alfredo Morelos' violent conduct charge. Striker suspended immediately – will miss club's league cup game v St Mirren tomorrow and league game against Motherwell on Saturday
— Raman Bhardwaj (@ramanbhardwajTV) December 15, 2020
Morelos was originally given a yellow card for the incident but the situation was deemed worthy of retrospective action and Morelos issued with a notice of complaint.
However – despite Steven Gerrard refuting claims it was an elbow after the match – Rangers will now accept a two-match ban for Morelos which begins against St. Mirren this evening.
Morelos will miss the Betfred Cup clash with the Buddies whilst he will also be unavailable for selection in the weekend’s Scottish Premiership clash with Motherwell.
The striker has been struggling for form of late with many Rangers fans already suggesting that the Colombian has a spell on the bench to recapture his love of the game.
Rangers fans aplenty took to Twitter to pass judgement on Rangers’ acceptance of the ban with the club’s “tactical” head praised by the support:
Why fight it I guess, might mean he missed the old firm, we have enough upfront to deal with the loss.
— Scotty (@ScottRFC) December 15, 2020
And the trial by “what pundit is on the telly” continues
What a farcical system 😂😂😂
— Thelionbrand (@thelionbrand) December 15, 2020
@estateplonker well played Rangers. Well Played 😂😂
— David Thomson (@DavidTh27285103) December 15, 2020
No issues. Plenty cover for him 👌
— 🇫🇮 King Kamara 🇫🇮 (@Predator1986) December 15, 2020
Tactical by rangers , bigger games ahead and he needs time away from firing line
— IbroxStandard (@IbroxStandard) December 15, 2020
Blessing in disguise honestly. Start Defoe or Itten
— Mattco (@Matt_2k8) December 15, 2020
Morelos 2 match ban? Step forward big man🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/LL5ZpEcTsb
— Jamie (@JW_1872) December 15, 2020
Pleased to see #Rangers accepting the charge with Morelos. Should have been a red at the time, but could do with sitting a game or two out.
Sure we’ll find the goals in the next few games!
— Ross Brownlee (@rossbrownlee1) December 15, 2020
Morelos wasn't going to play against St Mirren. A one game league ban is a decent result. The club were right to accept the punishment. If he struggles to get back in the team now, that's his problem. And I love the huffy little madman.
— Rangers1ST (@Rangers1ST) December 15, 2020
Sensible of Rangers not to contest the Morelos charge, should have been a red at the time. Appreciate people's frustrations with a lack of consistency over these things but rules do allow for a change of card. Essentially, the match officials saw the barge but missed the elbow.
— Andrew Dickson (@mrandrewdickson) December 15, 2020
Red card is justified for Morelos.
But the inconsistency of application of this rule & lack of transparency from the SFA is the real issue.
Accusations of double standards by the SFA are entirely fair, as you can see by the many clips of players doing similar that get ingored. https://t.co/GfAN1E4Uo9
— RangersHistory (@RangersFACTS) December 15, 2020
That’s a (cough) tactical acceptance if ever there was one. 🗓
— FF (@Follow_Follow_) December 15, 2020
The decision hands the other strikers in the squad a huge opportunity over the next two games with one in particular chomping at the bit to be handed a chance at Rangers.
Is it time for the Gers to unleash a £2.7m summer signing from the off in the match against St. Mirren this evening?