Former Hoops favourite Kris Commons believes Celtic’s glorious League Cup final victory over Rangers will leave Alfredo Morelos feeling haunted for months, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (09/12 print edition, Verdict supplement page 9).
The Colombian striker came into the match against Neil Lennon’s men hoping to score his first-ever derby goal.
Given he has netted 25 times this season already, he’ll have fancied his chances. He was certainly considered one of the Ibrox side’s dangermen.
However, the incredible performance of Celtic shot-stopper Fraser Forster denied him throughout the 90 minutes. Making multiple saves from the 23-year-old, including a dramatic penalty stop, Forster left the Rangers man gutted on the Hampden pitch.
Commons thinks it’s an afternoon that will live long in the memory of the player. The Sky Sports pundit doesn’t even think European success will help him move on from Celtic’s success.
As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (09/12 print edition, Verdict supplement page 9), he said: “If Morelos didn’t have a mental block against Celtic previously, then he certainly does now. This will haunt him for months.
“Even if he goes and scores a couple of goals against Young Boys on Thursday to propel Rangers into the knockout stage of the Europa League, it won’t change much in the bigger picture.
“It certainly won’t be redemption. As much as progression in Europe might earn the club a few quid, there’s no trophy to be won on Thursday night.”
Celtic still have the big game performers
Much has been made of the form shown by Morelos this season, in comparison to Celtic’s best players. There’s no doubt that the Ibrox man is having an impressive campaign.
However, if nothing else, yesterday showed the Celtic have the mentality and quality to pick up results when it matters most. We have true big-game players, while Morelos and company were left wanting in the critical moments once again.
Derby days in Glasgow are unique in the world of football and if you can’t turn it on when it counts, you have no business being considered one of the best players in Scottish football.
Hopefully we can play much better in the league derby at the end of the month and really show Rangers what a winning Celtic team under Lennon looks like.