Steven Gerrard's embarrassing defence of Alfredo Morelos' conduct vs Celtic

By David Walton

December 30, 2019

Alfredo Morelos’ red card at Celtic Park wouldn’t have surprised many that know him as a player, but his manager’s reaction was almost equally embarrassing.

Morelos, yet again, was a disgrace in the closing stages. We’ve all seen the clear dive that got him red-carded. We’ve also all seen the ridiculous gesture he made when leaving the pitch. The less said about the nature of that, the better.

Alfredo Morelos was typically classless as he got sent off (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It was once again a sign that the Rangers striker clearly lacks the discipline some like to think he has. His cheating ways are still there for everyone to see, and to say he doesn’t help himself with his reputation would be an understatement.

Yet, instead of having a pop at his cheat for a clear red card, Gerrard instead embarrassingly tried to aim a dig at Chris Jullien. The video was posted by PLZ Soccer’s Twitter account:

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“We’ve got no complaints on it. I’ve got time to reset the kid. Again he was a handful for the whole game, he does some incredible stuff.

“I think his emotions have gotten the better of him at the end of the game. But I think that frustration might’ve came from the fact that Jullien never got a straight red moments before it. It’s a clear foul and he’s on the edge of the box. So the officials have missed that but we’ve got no complaints.”

“No complaints”

So he apparently has no complaints, yet complains about the fact that Jullien didn’t get sent off. How Gerrard can defend the conduct of Morelos time and time again is incredible. It’s bordering on a superpower.

Morelos’ cheating ways continued against Celtic (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Jullien did clash with Morelos outside the penalty area, but once again the Colombian striker went over far too easily. He continues to cause immense embarrassment in this fixture, and Gerrard is kidding himself on if he thought he had a good game.

The truth is, and don’t expect many Rangers fans to bother listening, that Jullien dominated the hothead yesterday. Our towering Frenchman was a colossus at the back. Yes, there were a couple of lackadaisical moments with his distribution. However, when it came to the physical stuff, he had Morelos in his back pocket.

Morelos’ efforts throughout the game were often from range. He had one chance after Jeremie Frimpong was caught out of position, but Jullien dealt with him a lot better than he did at Hampden.

Chris Jullien was physically strong yesterday despite the odd dodgy moment (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Of course you wouldn’t expect Gerrard to admit anything along those lines. He’s a manager who continues to lack class in both defeat and in victory. To use another decision as an excuse for why your player dived is just desperate stuff.

With a bit of luck, Celtic are storing all of the reaction to this match ahead of the second half of the season. We need to put Rangers in their place with efficiency in the New Year. Ridiculous comments like this from Gerrard will hopefully only help our motivation.