Alfredo Morelos’ former strike partner at HJK Helsinki has opened up on the Colombian’s time in Scotland and admits that he finds the Rangers star’s treatment “a little bit strange.”

Morelos has been sent off seven times in a season-and-a-half and has come in for some sickening abuse from fans and pundits alike as they vilify the Ibrox hero for every perceived flaw they can come up with.

 

FALKENBERG, SWEDEN - MAY 29: Akseli Pelvas of Falkenberg FF reacts during the Allsvenskan match between Falkenbergs FF andKalmar FF at Falkenbergs IP on May 29, 2016 in Falkenberg, Sweden.

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played with Morelos for HJK and knows just how good El Buffalo is – and admitted his surprise at seeing how often his former team-mate has been sent off here.

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“I’ve been surprised at how many times Alfredo’s been sent off since moving to Rangers,” Pelvas told the Scottish Sun.

“It’s hard to say why that’s happened to him in Scotland when it didn’t in Finland. I find it a little bit strange. Yes, he could be hot-headed, and he could get agitated when things weren’t going well for him.

“There were a few times I can remember having to put my arm around him and gesture for him to calm down. But in general, he didn’t get provoked against defenders.

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“Every opponent knew Alfredo was a good player and sometimes they would be a bit excessive, but most of the time he coped with it OK.”

Morelos has been in incredible form this season in front of goal and his apparent discipline issues have led to Steven Gerrard claiming some want to chase the Colombian out of Scottish football.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 29, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The meltdown every little thing Morelos does suggest that there is some sort of agenda against the Rangers man and it is no surprise his former team-mate finds it “strange.”

Morelos will sit out the next three Rangers games through suspension, starting with Friday’s Scottish Cup clash with Stranraer, as the Gers have to cope without their star man.

 

 

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