Barry Ferguson has jumped to the defence of Alfredo Morelos and insisted he isn’t ‘selfish’ or ‘self-centred’.
The former Rangers captain watched on as the Colombian striker was sent off in his side’s 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen at Ibrox on Wednesday.
Rangers went behind early in that game after Scott McKenna’s goal and had to quickly concentrate on getting back into the game against a tough Dons side.
But Morelos’ sending off just after the hour mark made it extremely difficult for Steven Gerrard’s team and they couldn’t avoid the defeat.
It was an avoidable sending off for Morelos, who was already on a booking when he swung an arm out at Graeme Shinnie.
That’s led to a lot of criticism from fans and pundits alike – but Ferguson isn’t among those piling in on Morelos.
The Rangers legend believes Morelos just needs a stern talking to from some of his teammates and believes his actions aren’t out of selfishness.
Writing in his dailyrecord.co.uk column: “I’ve heard people saying Morelos’ behaviour is selfish and self-centred and maybe they have a point.
“It does look as if he puts himself before the team when he gets involved in one of these incidents and leaves the rest of them in a hole.
“But the guy runs himself into the ground for the good of the team so I struggle to accept that he’s out there purely for himself.”
Morelos has 15 goals and four assists to his name in all competitions for Rangers this season so it’s clear he’s an important part of what Gerrard is doing at Ibrox.
But he’s also picked up nine yellow cards as well as two reds this campaign so his disciplinary issues are clear too.