Billy Dodds lashes out at Alfredo Morelos and compares him to Celtic's Odsonne Edouard

By David Walton

March 26, 2020

BBC pundit Billy Dodds has gone on a huge rant about Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, and made reference to Celtic star Odsonne Edouard.

Morelos has been known for being far too hot-headed in Scotland. His last red card came in December’s match against Celtic when he dived when through on goal. He’s also been on a huge goal drought, failing to score a single league goal during the second half of the season.

Edouard, meanwhile, has never been sent off since arriving in Scotland back in the summer of 2017. This season, the Frenchman has netted a stunning 27 goals in 45 appearances too to add to his impressive achievements (Transfermarkt).

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard scoring against Aberdeen at Hampden (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And Dodds, speaking in the Glasgow Times, has lashed out at the Ibrox forward.

“I think Rangers have to make a definite decision with Alfredo Morelos once they get this season over with. If you are going to try and catch Celtic and that is your ambition, Morelos is a key player but there are certain games where he gets suspended and they can cost you.

“People might disagree and say ‘he scores all those goals’, but look at Edouard, you don’t see him getting suspended. It is still continuous with Morelos and that is the biggest problem. He either gets suspended then he doesn’t turn up.

“That is costing you the title I don’t care what he’s doing in between because these games that Rangers need him most he is not there.”

Another season of Edouard outshining Morelos

Remember when there was a debate about these two? It was laughable back then, but you’ll do well to find a single fan who doesn’t believe Edouard is the better player these days. Even Ibrox-supporting ones.

Where Morelos has faltered in the second half of the season, Edouard has shined. Celtic’s Frenchman has, incredibly, netted a stunning 11 goals since the winter break ended. Nine of those have come in the Premiership whilst two came in the Europa League against Copenhagen.

Edouard simply doesn’t have dips in form. Or if he does, they’re over so instantly that it’s hardly noticeable and certainly not detrimental to any title chase.

Alfredo Morelos at Celtic Park (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Morelos, on the other hand, still has a host of demons he hasn’t put to rest. He’s yet to score against Celtic, yet to score in the league in the second half of the season, and yet to even win a bit of silverware since moving to Scotland in the summer of 2017.

He is, and this is putting it lightly, so far behind Edouard it’s not even comparable anymore. Even Dodds, who can be as pro-Rangers as it gets, knows how much of a better all-round talent the Celtic striker is.

Hopefully, we can keep hold of our star-man over the summer or at least until we get the chance to complete the season.