Rangers icon Willie Johnston thinks Alfredo Morelos needs to learn to take the treatment he gets from defenders in Scotland after finding himself at the centre of another row.

The Colombian has been sent off four times this season but Bud insists the best players learn to cut the aggression from their game.

Action during the European Cup Winners' Cup final between FC Dynamo Moscow and Glasgow Rangers, at Camp Nou Barcelona, 24th May 1972. Rangers won the match 3-2. Willie Johnston of Rangers is on the left.

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Barca Bear Johnston pointed to fellow Gers legend Colin Stein who was booted about by defenders as an example for Morelos.

“I have known a lot of good players who were aggressive and got sent off as a result of that early in their careers. Bud told The Herald.

“But once they got sent off once or twice that was it. They learned to take it. The best players cut it out of their game.

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 27: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers arrives prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in Livingston, United Kingdom.

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“(Colin) Steiny got the s*** kicked out of him and he got sent off a couple of times as well. He took some punishment when he played. But he learned quickly.”


Morelos is vital to the Gers’ title ambitions this season and we can’t afford to lose him for any more games.

While he’s far from guilty in every instance, he does need to learn when to walk away sometimes.

26th December 2018, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Rangers versus Hibernian; Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates after scoring opening goal in the 25th minute

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The Colombian is still only 22 though so it’s not a surprise that he can still lack maturity now and again.

Gerrard will be without him for the next two league games and it’s clear he’ll be a big loss.

Hopefully, he can learn to pick his battles and avoid any further bans this season and let his goals do the talking.

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