Rangers star Alfredo Morelos ‘dreams of playing in much better, more competitive league’ amid Leicester and Borussia Dortmund transfer interest

20 May

Rangers star Alfredo Morelos says he wants to play in a ‘much better, more competitive league’.

The 22-year-old, who has been linked with moves to Leicester and Borussia Dortmund, has scored 30 goals in 48 games this season.

Alfredo Morelos has been in sparkling form this season
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Morelos’ campaign has been tarnished by his disciplinary record which has seen him pick up five red cards.

Despite the Colombia striker’s impressive record in front of goal, Rangers finished nine points behind Celtic, who clinched their eighth successive Scottish Premiership title.

When quizzed about his future, Morelos told the Scottish Herald: “There is a lot of speculation about my possible departure, but there is nothing concrete yet.

“I know there are many interested clubs asking and as soon as there is something official I will be announcing it.

“But I’m committed to Rangers just now. I’ve had a good season and many clubs are interested and hopefully everything will be done in the right way.

“I dream of playing in a much better, more competitive league. I look at the English Premier League and the Spanish league. The leagues in France and Italy are very big leagues, too, and very competitive.

“But I am very happy with what has been a great season with Rangers.”

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Alfredo Morelos and red cards and other iconic duos in football

5 Apr

Like Alfredo Morelos and an early bath, some things just go together in football.

In fact, it would be downright odd if the Rangers striker didn’t lose his rag during games.

Here, talkSPORT.com looks at other things in football where you can’t have one without the other, starting with the Gers’ angry striker.


When you think of Alfredo Morelos, you think of red cards

At Celtic Park, the striker was sent off for the fifth time this season when he allowed himself to be wound up by Scott Brown. The joke on the weekend during the Old Firm derby was that 32Red on Rangers’ shirt was merely a sponsor and not a target. Take note, Alfredo.


When Fabio Quagliarella’s name comes up, you think of great goals

The 36-year-old is the top scoring player in Serie A and he only scores beauties. It’s a rule.

You could say he is the Adam Reach of Serie A…


When you think of Tony Pulis, you think about his hat collection

Slash, Indiana Jones, Tony Pulis. Three legends – three iconic hats.

“The style comes from years ago, I think,” the Middlesbrough manager once explained. “I started wearing the cap when I was at Gillingham and we had a good run of results and it just continued from there.”

“I think it was more superstitious and as the years have gone on I think wearing that cap, my hair’s gone. So yeah, it’s been a good cover to keep me warm in the winter.”

Like Slash from Guns n Roses, Tony Pulis doesn’t go anywhere without his hat

When you think about Tottenham, most fans think of ‘bottling it’

Call it choking if you want, but football supporters – other than the White Hart Lane faithful – associate bottling with Tottenham.

Having ‘put the pressure on’ on several occasions in the last few years, the club, for whatever reason, are yet to win anything major. Spurs’ last trophy came in 2008 when they won the League Cup.

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When you think about Lionel Messi, you think about Cristiano Ronaldo

To some fans, you can only like one or the other, but why can’t we enjoy both? When Ronaldo was at Real Madrid, they just seemed to push each other and quite rightly, are both considered to be the greatest footballers ever.

“I miss Cristiano in Spain,” Messi told Radio C5N. “It was lovely having him here, even though it annoyed me seeing him win so many titles. It would be great if he was still here.”

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They've won the Ballon d'Or five times, as well as...

MESSI

League titles x9
Spanish Cups x6
Champions Leagues x4
Olympic gold medal x1

RONALDO

League titles x5 (Premier League and LaLiga)
FA Cup x1
Spanish Cup x2
League Cup x2
Champions League x5
European Championship x1


When you think of Jordan Pickford, you want to watch This is England

What do you think about when you see Jordan Pickford? Yes, you’re right, it’s ‘I haven’t seen This is England in ages’.

Such were his displays for England at the 2018 World Cup, actor Thomas Turgoose, who starred in the 2006 film, even joked he’d like to play the goalkeeper in a biopic.

The 25-year-old Everton no.1 also acknowledges the similarities.

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Celtic 2-1 Rangers: Alfredo Morelos accepts fine after receiving fifth red card of the season for elbow on Scott Brown

2 Apr

Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos has accepted a fine from the Scottish Premiership club for receiving his fifth red card of the season during Sunday’s Old Firm derby defeat by Celtic.

Morelos, the Colombia forward, was dismissed for an off-the-ball elbow on Hoops skipper Scott Brown, half-an-hour into the clash at Celtic Park.

Morelos was dismissed for his off-the-ball clash with Brown

He will now miss four matches through suspension – two for this sending off plus an additional two for his previous indiscretions – meaning the 22-year-old will not be available for more than half Rangers’ seven remaining league matches this season.

And Steven Gerrard, the Rangers manager, confirmed Morelos has been fined by the club – a punishment the striker has accepted.

“He has shown remorse and accepted the punishment I have given him,” Gerrard said.

“We spoke to his representation as well and everyone is on the same page.

“Now it is just a decision for the club to decide where the fine goes to but Alfredo has accepted, shown remorse and apologised.”

Morelos posted an apology on Twitter on Monday afternoon, saying sorry to ‘the fans, my team-mates and the coaching staff’.

 

Gerrard praised the forward for his decision to speak out over his actions.

“I think he made that public himself which is the right thing to do and we draw a line under it,” the former Liverpool captain added.

“Moving forward we hope Alfredo learns the hard way and we wait now for him to return to help us in the final push.”

Andy Halliday, who was playing at left-back, also saw red during Sunday’s Old Firm derby, with the 27-year-old shown a second booking after the final whistle.

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His dismissal, like Morelos’, came after a clash with Brown, who was also shoved by Ryan Kent after James Forrest scored Celtic’s winning goal.

Vinnie Jones, the famous football hard-man, joined talkSPORT on Monday morning to explain how he would have dealt with Brown throughout the match.

Jones said: “Brown has tripped him from behind, he’s wound him up and the Rangers lad has lashed out at him.

Brown spent much of the match winding up the Rangers players

“He’s either got to wise up, man up and deal with it in a tackle or something else like that, or he’s going to be down the road.

“I would have waited, said ‘alright son’, set one up and then smashed him later on.”

Alfredo Morelos: Rangers star apologises to fans, team-mates and coaching staff after latest red card against Celtic

1 Apr

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has issued an apology to fans, team-mates and coaching staff following his fifth dismissal of the season in Sunday’s dramatic Old Firm derby.

The Colombian was sent off for an off-the-ball elbow on Celtic skipper Scott Brown in the Gers’ 2-1 defeat.

Morelos elbowed Brown off the ball

His manager, Steven Gerrard, said after the game that he could no longer defend Morelos after another costly incident.

Morelos said in a post on his Twitter account: “Good afternoon, I would like to offer an apology to all the fans, my team-mates and the coaching staff for what happened in yesterday’s match.

“I promise to do everything in my power to ensure that nothing like that happens again & to give the club and the fans my all. Thanks for the support and affection you’ve always given me.”

Gerrard, who confirmed defender Andy Halliday had been shown a second yellow card in an unsavoury post-match melee between the players on the pitch, gave a simple reply when asked if he could still defend Morelos.

“No. Not anymore,” he said.

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“I have gone above and beyond for Alfredo. I have continued to protect him, support him and love him as a player and the person he is but I have to draw the line under it now and he will be punished internally.

“I will recommend to the board that he is fined a week’s wages and will also recommend that that fine should go to the supporters who came today because they are the ones who will suffer from his lack of discipline, also his team-mates as well.

“The money is no use to his team-mates it is more use to the supporters, that’s what I will recommend and we will see what happens from there.”

Player of the weekend: Celtic captain Scott Brown earns Sergio Ramos comparisons after causing Rangers to capitulate in fiery Old Firm clash

1 Apr

Scott Brown may be one of the most divisive figures in British football, but there is no denying he is effective.

The Celtic skipper was at his antagonistic and brilliant best during Sunday’s Old Firm clash at home, which saw the Bhoys emerge as 2-1 winners.

After tangling with Alfredo Morelos in the first half, Brown’s reaction saw the Colombia international receive his fifth red card of the season.

And when James Forrest struck the decisive winner late on, it was the 33-year-old who was again on the deck after triggering a reaction from Ryan Kent.

It may be deemed as the ‘ugly side’ of football, but gamesmanship and mind games are as much a part of fierce derbies as goals and assists.

And when it comes to winding the opposition up, there are few better in the world than the midfielder.

Brown was hailed on social media as being ‘Better than Sergio Ramos’ at winding opposition players up

Technically speaking, Brown was assured on the pitch when the ball was in play as well.

Celtic had 59 per cent possession throughout the game, with Brown dictating play for the hosts from his traditional deep-lying role.

Halliday was given a second yellow card for his part in the scuffle at the end of the Old Firm derby

It may not be the most glamorous role, but the midfielder is a master of disrupting the opposition – using their emotion against them as just for good measure he had a part in Andy Halliday receiving his marching orders, the Rangers midfielder having taken exception to Brown celebrating in front of the away fans.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard even acknowledged his side had been duped, citing their ill-discipline as the cause for their downfall at Celtic Park.

He told Sky Sports: “You’re playing against a player who loves to antagonise. Morelos and [Ryan] Kent are both provoked. Celtic fans have the right to celebrate but to do it right in your face, Halliday has the right to protect his own people.

“The guy who antagonised it all from the beginning deserves to be punished as well. When you’re provoked, it’s only fair that both sides get punished in my view.

“We’ve hurt ourselves badly this season with a lack of discipline. I’ve given my players the benefit of the doubt on too many times.”

As a result of his performance, Scott Brown is talkSPORT.com‘s Player of the Weekend.

Scott Brown is talkSPORT.com’s Player of the Weekend

Scott Brown: Vinnie Jones reveals what he would have done to the Celtic captain during tense Old Firm derby

1 Apr

Vinnie Jones has admitted he would have ‘smashed’ Scott Brown if he was playing in Sunday’s fiery Old Firm derby.

But he says he would have been smarter than Rangers bad boy Alfredo Morelos than to lash out straight away.

Gers manager Steven Gerrard accused Celtic captain Brown of deliberately goading his players throughout the Parkhead clash – which ended in a late 2-1 victory to the hosts.

Scott Brown was up to his old antics again against Rangers

Morelos was sent off for the fifth time this season after he elbowed Brown in the face, in retaliation after the Celtic captain clipped his heels off the ball.

Later in the game, Brown was punched in the face by on-loan Liverpool winger Ryan Kent.

He was also involved in a late tussle with Andy Halliday, which led to the Rangers man also being sent off, after he spotted Brown celebrating in front of the visiting fans.

Brown couldn’t keep the smirk off his face as he constantly wound up the Rangers players at Celtic Park

Former Wimbledon and Chelsea man Jones says Brown’s antics reminded him of a certain cheeky former team-mate, and he knows exactly what he would have done to get him back.


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Speaking on Monday’s Sports Breakfast, the football-turned-Hollywood star said: “Brown has tripped him from behind, he’s wound him up and the Rangers lad has lashed out at him.

“He’s either got to wise up, man up and deal with it in a tackle or something else like that, or he’s going to be down the road.

Morelos was sent off for an elbow on Scott Brown

“I would have waited, said ‘alright son’, set one up and then smashed him later on.

“You couldn’t really get away with it when we were playing, but it’s even harder now with all the cameras and everything.

“Wisey [Dennis Wise] was the best at it. He did it in the dressing room and in training.

2. Vinnie Jones (Wimbledon, Leeds United, Chelsea, Wimbledon, Queens Park Rangers)
Vinnie Jones says he would have gone after Brown for the rest of the game, instead of lashing out straight away

“He just had this devilment in him. He loved doing it.

“He’d do it on the pitch, too. He’d be talking away to the opposition and winding them up, and he’d look over just to make sure I was near enough to help him out!”

Alfredo Morelos: Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says striker will be fined for red card as club lose to Celtic

31 Mar

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has slammed Alfredo Morelos after the Gers striker was sent off again in the 2-1 defeat by Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Morelos was dismissed by referee Bobby Madden for an elbow on Hoops skipper Scott Brown, his fifth red card of the season, albeit the first was rescinded.

Morelos was sent off for an elbow on Scott Brown

Nonetheless, Ryan Kent cancelled out Odsonne Edouard’s opener in the 63rd minute, and when Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata went off injured in the 74th minute after interim manager Neil Lennon had used all three substitutions, the numbers were levelled.

However, in the 85th minute James Forrest drove in the winner to take the champions 13 points clear at the top with seven games remaining.

Gerrard, who confirmed defender Andy Halliday had been shown a second yellow card in an unsavoury post-match melee between the players on the pitch, gave a simple reply when asked if he could still defend Morelos.

“No. Not anymore,” he said.

“I have gone above and beyond for Alfredo. I have continued to protect him, support him and love him as a player and the person he is but I have to draw the line under it now and he will be punished internally.

“I will recommend to the board that he is fined a week’s wages and will also recommend that that fine should go to the supporters who came today because they are the ones who will suffer from his lack of discipline, also his team-mates as well.

Gerrard was fuming with his star striker

“The money is no use to his team-mates it is more use to the supporters, that’s what I will recommend and we will see what happens from there.”

Gerrard promised a tougher approach to discipline within his squad when asked if Morelos could change his ways.

The former Liverpool and England captain, who was “very disappointed” with the defeat, said: “That’s a question you will have to ask the player himself. I am sitting here hoping, wishing.

The Celtic fans erupt in celebration after beating Rangers

“I can honestly say hand on heart I have done everything I can.

“His team-mates have done everything they can, my staff and support staff have done everything they can.

“At the same time, there has been other ill-discipline throughout the team that has hurt us so the rules will change moving forward. I will deal with that.”

However, Gerrard had sympathy for Halliday, who remonstrated with Brown after the Celtic midfielder celebrated in front of the 800 Rangers fans at the final whistle.

Halliday was given a second yellow card for his part in the scuffle at the end of the Old Firm derby

He said: “I feel for Andy. Celtic are well within their rights to celebrate, they have won a big game and stretched their lead.

“We celebrated when we won the last Old Firm game so you are well within your right to celebrate but I can’t understand why a guy decides to celebrate 10 yards away from two per cent Rangers fans rather than 98 per cent of his own support.

“So Andy is going in to protect his own people. I would probably have done that one myself.”

Scott Brown says Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday wanted to ‘congratulate me’ at full-time of Old Firm derby at Celtic Park

31 Mar

Scott Brown played down the full-time scuffle that broke out after Celtic beat Rangers.

It was an action-packed Old Firm derby, which the league leaders won 2-1 to move 13 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Morelos did not react well to his red card at Celtic Park and had some words for Brown

And Brown was involved in three controversial moments at Celtic Park.

First, he was elbowed by Alfredo Morelos in an off the ball incident, leading to the striker receiving a red card – his fifth of the season.

“You can’t do that in modern day football, especially with all the cameras around, but today is about us,” the skipper said after the game, as he tried to bring the focus back on to his team-mates’ success.

However, quizzed about the incident in which Ryan Kent raised his hand and caught Brown in the face during the second half, the captain said he didn’t remember it, before being asked about the scuffle at full-time when Andy Halliday appeared to angrily confront him.

“Oh, he came up to congratulate me,” Brown explained without a hint of a smile.

Halliday was shown a yellow card shortly before the game ended, but was then shown another after the final whistle for his role in the melee, which is believed to have started when he took exception to Brown celebrating the win in front of Rangers’ fans.

Brown said Halliday was trying to congratulate him for Celtic’s win

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was not impressed either.

“You’re playing against a player who loves to antagonise,” he said afterwards. “Morelos and Kent are both provoked.

“Celtic fans have the right to celebrate but to do it right in your race, Halliday has the right to protect his own people.

“The guy who antagonised it all from the beginning deserves to be punished as well. When you’re provoked, it’s only fair that both sides get punished in my view.”

Halliday was given a second yellow card for his part in the scuffle at the end of the Old Firm derby

Celtic 2-1 Rangers: Bhoys claim Old Firm bragging rights after fiery encounter at Celtic Park as Alfredo Morelos sees red

31 Mar

James Forrest struck with just five minutes remaining to seal a 2-1 win for Celtic over bitter rivals Rangers.

It was an Old Firm derby filled with even more drama than usual as Steven Gerrard’s men finished the game at Celtic Park with ten men.

The Celtic fans erupt in celebration after beating Rangers

Odsonne Edouard scored a superb solo goal to give the hosts the lead before Alfredo Morelos was dismissed for the fifth time this season after an altercation with Bhoys captain Scott Brown.

Despite being a man down, the visitors responded well in the second half and equalised when Ryan Kent skipped past Dedryck Boyata to fire home.

But it was Neil Lennon who was celebrating on the touchline at the end when Edouard turned provider for the onrushing Forrest, who fired past Allan McGregor with just five minutes of normal time remaining.

There may well have been more drama when Kent appeared to raise his hands to Brown when trying to retrieve the ball for the restart, but referee Bobby Madden failed to spot it.

Brown appears to goad Morelos as he leaves the pitch

Celtic held on to win and go 13 points clear at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership but the action continued after the final whistle.

A number of players and other members of each bench were involved in a melee, with Andy Halliday and Brown initially involved and Rangers substitute Wes Foderingham being dragged away from the flashpoint.

More to follow…

Alfredo Morelos sent off for FIFTH time this season as Rangers striker given red card for clash with Celtic captain Scott Brown

31 Mar

Alfredo Morelos picked up his fifth of the card of the season, as the striker lost his cool in the Old Firm derby.

Reacting to provocation from Celtic captain Scott Brown, the striker appeared to elbow his opponent during the first half at Celtic Park.

The 22-year-old, who has scored 17 Scottish Premiership goals this season, was given a straight red card – his fifth of the season.

It was a frustrating few minutes for the visitors, as Odsonne Edouard ran clear to thump in a fantastic goal on 27 minutes, with Morelos receiving his marching orders minutes later.

However, Rangers came out fighting in the second half with Ryan Kent, on loan from Liverpool, levelled on the hour mark.

Morelos did not react well to his red card at Celtic Park and had some words for Brown