Rangers strikers will still be reeling from the outcome of their 1-0 Scottish Cup defeat to Hearts before they remember that Alfredo Morelos missed the game due to a disciplinary issue.

The Colombian talisman was a noticeable absentee as Rangers toiled in Gorgie, with the club struggling for an attacking out ball on a day when Hearts pressed the Gers high in their own half.

It’s the kind of match which was crying out for the 29-goal striker’s influence, but Steven Gerrard revealed pre-match he was set to miss the tie because of disciplinary measures.

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“Alfredo is not with us today because of a disciplinary issue,” said Gerrard [Premier Sports].

“He was given permission to go to Colombia from Sunday to Wednesday to deal with a family matter, which we supported and agreed to.

“He failed to report to training on Thursday, which means he’s missed a lot of the preparation going into this game.

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“I’ve decided to pick players that have done the full preparation and are desperate to be here and want to get us through to the next round.

“I don’t think I should say anything more. I’ve explained the situation nice and clearly.

“I’ll stay here as long as you want to talk about the players that are here.

Rangers fans have been let down by the disciplinary issues of Alfredo Morelos one too many times. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We’ve prepared really well for this and I’ve got every faith in the group of players I’ve brought.”

Morelos appears to have let the club down big time and the fact Steven Gerrard dropped the striker for such a big game shows the gravity of the situation.

With Florian Kamberi cup-tied and Jermain Defoe not long returned from injury, Gerrard was forced to start this crunch match without a recognised striker.

No wonder so many Rangers fans have been outspoken about the striker’s behaviour on Twitter:

 

Morelos isn’t the only one being subjected to the ire of Rangers fans either.

The likes of James Tavernier and the entire Rangers team have been criticised by Rangers fan after their domestic season appears to have hit a brick wall.

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