Rangers manager Steven Gerrard isn’t a fan of striker Alfredo Morelos’ attempts to wind up opposition supporters, warning the player about his conduct at Tynecastle today.
The 17-goal Rangers hero was central to all the action in Edinburgh against Craig Levein’s Hearts, like most games, finding the back of the net again and getting stuck in to defenders.
Gerrard enjoyed his combative display but did admit he had to rebuke the Colombian after incidents involving Hearts fans.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the Gers boss said:
He was leaving things on them and they were leaving it on him but that is football. They got fouls, we got a few and I don’t see a problem with that.
There were a few times when he tried to incite the crowd and we had a word with him about that because we don’t like that.
He is trying to mature, but performance wise he was outstanding.
There’s no doubt there is a cheeky side to Morelos’ performances but that seems to go with the territory when it comes to the 21-year-old and if having that edge allows him to perform at the level he’s currently at, then I’m fine with it.
Some opposition fans get wound up over any little thing so as long as he doesn’t go overboard, I’m happy to let them deal with it too.
Still, it’s good to hear Gerrard is staying on top of discipline issues in the squad. There have been far too many silly cards, of both colours, this season and it’s something the manager needs to address.