James McFadden has for some reason decided to compare both Alfredo Morelos and Moussa Dembele, and came to a stunning conclusion.
The Scotland assistant manager is gearing up to face Kazakhstan and San Marino in vital Euro 2020 qualification matches. The games are just the beginning of Scotland’s qualification campaign, where they’ll be looking to qualify for their first major tournament since 1998.
But, despite that, McFadden had time to make some ridiculous remarks on Dembele. The ex-Hoops striker is currently on fire with Lyon, and has scored at Champions League level for the French giants.
Yet, despite that, McFadden said on SPFL Matters on Sky Sports Football (08/03/2019 at 6:10pm), that there’s one difference between the pair.
“Dembele when he came up from Fulham, he hit the ground running, he was part of the invincible side, he won trophies. But he played in a very good side.
“Morelos, at the minute, certainly last season, didn’t play in a very good side yet he still scored goals. He carried Rangers. This season, they are much improved, but he is still scoring goals.
“Dembele was part of a very strong side. He wasn’t the only one scoring goals. Rangers have Morelos and the second top goalscorer is Tavernier on penalties. Morelos is doing a lot of it on his own… but he’s not playing with the quality of players Dembele played with at Celtic”
We know what he’s hinting at
We’re trying desperately not to put words in McFadden’s mouth. But let’s be honest, we all know what he’s hinting at. He’s trying to direct the train of thought towards Morelos being better than Dembele because Dembele played in a better team. Therefore, apparently Morelos is carrying more weight on his shoulders.
Therefore, let’s forget the fact Dembele has netted at the top level. He scored seven Glasgow derby goals when he was up here too. He’s managed to bag against teams of the calibre of PSG (x2), Manchester City, and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Can the same be said of Morelos? No. He hasn’t even managed to play in the Champions League. He also has zero goals in Glasgow derby matches.
It’s an insult to Celtic and the success they achieved. Dembele was an integral part of that over the last couple of years, and deserves respect – not comparisons to players who haven’t achieved a modicum of his own success.
Yes, we’re not blind. His goal return this season for Rangers has been impressive. But how can anyone truly hint at Morelos having a better or more impressive impact than Dembele? That’s just nonsensical.
Dembele has so often been on the cusp of a France call-up too. At this point he must be closing in on it after 13 goals in Ligue 1 and the Champions League. Yet he still gets paired to Morelos.
McFadden’s comments are poor, and simply seem like a pandering technique. But if you had the option of one or the other, which one would you choose? We all know the answer.