St. Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has admitted he isn’t surprised that Rangers failed to overturn Alfredo Morelos’ three-match ban – but insists the Gers have “real quality” to replace the Colombian when the sides meet on Saturday.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Aberdeen and St Johnstone at Pittodrie Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Aberdeen, United Kingdom.

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Morelos was sent off in the 4-2 win over Aberdeen last week for an apparent stamp on Scott McKenna.

Wright said he didn’t think it would’ve been overturned as there was no “obvious error” by the referee.

“I thought it was going to be difficult for Rangers to overturn his ban because the rules say there has to be an obvious error by the referee,” Wright told The Courier.

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 27: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers vies with Craig Halkett of Livingston during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in Livingston, United Kingdom.

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“While Rangers maybe benefited from previous incidents involving the player I didn’t think this one was ever going to be overturned. Morelos was the difference in our game at Perth when we lost 2-1.

“It is unfortunate for them obviously but good news for us because Morelos is the leading goalscorer in the league and a top-quality player. We are pleased he isn’t going to be playing against us and on paper, the task might look a little bit easier.


“But we know they have real quality players in the likes of Jermain Defoe and Kyle Lafferty ready to replace him.”

Morelos has already sat out the Scottish Cup tie with Kilmarnock and will miss the next two league games for Steven Gerrard’s side.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Ryan Jack of Rangers celebrates at full time with Alfredo Morelos during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Colombian has scored 23 times in 38 appearances this season, contributing a further 10 assists.

With Defoe and Lafferty in reserve, the Gers will be hoping to avoid drawing a blank like the did last time out against Kilmarnock.

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