Former Celtic midfielder and Sky Sports pundit, Kris Commons, has used the speculation surrounding Alfredo Morelos’s Rangers future as an opportunity to criticise the Colombian international striker.
Commons, never one for impartiality when commenting on all things Rangers, was predictably hypocritical when assessing the potential move writing in his Daily Mail column (via The Scottish Sun).
So what has Commons said?
When reflecting on the potential transfer of Morelos to Lille and the impact it would have on Steven Gerrard’s squad, he said:
“If they can get somewhere in the region of £20million for him and Gerrard is allowed to reinvest the cash, it might actually be the best thing that could happen to them.
“Gerrard needs players he can trust and rely on as he bids to halt Celtic’s march to ten in a row. That, quite simply, was a box which Morelos was never going to tick.
“He’s had umpteen chances. Yet, on Saturday night, he was spitting the dummy and storming up the tunnel after being subbed in a pre-season friendly with Coventry.
“That’s the sort of petulant nonsense that will have Gerrard glad to see the back of him because, frankly, he’s been more bother than he’s worth.
“How else are we to judge him? It’s certainly not by his trophy haul.
“He hasn’t won anything and he’s failed to score a single, solitary goal against Celtic.”
So is Commons correct?
Absolutely not, Commons has provided the sort of analysis of Morelos that you would expect from a fan blog of a green persuasion, basing his entire judgement of a forward that has had a hand in 80 goals over the last two seasons on the fact he doesn’t have an Old Firm goal to his name.
He neglects to mention that in the last two seasons, although he may not have scored, Morelos has been a key player in league wins over Neil Lennon’s side, battering their defence almost single handedly.
Gerrard took his talisman off against Coventry because he is currently the only striker available to him and his frustration was at not scoring having missed a decent chance just before his substitution, for Commons to take this line given his own indiscretions shows a distinct lack of self awareness.
Morelos might not be judged for his Old Firm goal tally but with 29 goals and 10 assists in 46 appearances last season, to say that “he can’t be trusted” is nothing short of ludicrous.