Following Saturday night’s 0-0 draw with Kilmarnock, many supporters would’ve been surprised at Steven Gerrard’s post-match comments regarding Alfredo Morelos’ suspension.
The Colombian striker had originally been banned for three matches following a clash with Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna. Much to the dismay of Rangers supporters.
The Scottish Cup tie with Kilmarnock served as the first of Morelos’ three match suspension. He will also be ruled out of Saturday’s league tie with St. Johnstone at Ibrox. But Steven Gerrard expressed his excitement that Alfredo would be available for the following match against Kilmarnock.
That’s despite the Scottish Cup replay being Rangers third match since Alfredo’s Aberdeen appeal was thrown out.
But there’s a reason why Rangers’ top scorer will be allowed to play against Killie.
Morelos was originally given a two-match suspension for the McKenna incident. The other one game ban derives from the fact it is the Colombian’s second league red card of the season. That means it can only be applied in league matches.
This also means Rangers will be without Morelos for the following match against Hamilton. But if given the choice, most fans would probably rather have the talismanic striker available for the more challenging cup game with Killie.
The prize for the winners of this tie is a trip to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen in the Quarter Final.
And whilst another trip up to face the Dons might be an exciting prospect, it’s important we focus on a tough tie against Killie at Ibrox first.