Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is facing an investigation from the Scottish Football Association after being seen making a throat-slitting gesture after he was sent off in Sunday’s Old Firm derby.
Steven Gerrard’s side picked up a dramatic 2-1 win over fierce rivals Celtic, but the occasion was marred by Morelos, who was shown two yellow cards and dismissed in the dying embers of the game. After the second, which he was shown for diving, Morelos appeared to make the gesture towards Celtic fans as he left the field.
The Mirror note that the incident was caught on camera, and security staff quickly stepped in to usher Morelos down the tunnel and away from the furious Celtic fans.
The Scottish FA could now choose to investigate the incident, which could lead to an extended ban for the Colombian if he is found guilty of using the threatening gesture.
Morelos certainly has a reputation for being a volatile character. This latest incident was his seventh red card since joining Rangers back in 2017, while this was also his second dismissal in his last three games.
Back in March, after Morelos was shown his fifth red card for elbowing Celtic’s Scott Brown, Gerrard admitted (via BBC Sport) that he ‘could not defend’ the striker anymore, and it seems likely that the boss will take a similarly dim view of this latest incident.
He may be controversial, but his goalscoring record has been incredibly impressive for Rangers. The 23-year-old has bagged 76 goals in 126 outings for the Gers, attracting interest from several Premier League clubs.
Newcastle United are the latest side to be linked with a move for Morelos, with Steve Bruce looking for potential replacements to Dwight Gayle.
Gerrard will likely do everything he can to prevent Morelos from leaving. Sunday’s victory over Celtic gave Rangers an advantage in the title race, as they can move one point ahead at the top of the table if they win their game in hand.