Eagle-eyed Rangers fans may have spotted something amiss when substitute Alfredo Morelos came on in the second half yesterday afternoon:
His boots were no longer the dayglo green standout kickers he usually has, but were instead plain old bog-standard black.
Which begs the question:
Is Morelos current poor form/attitude down to losing a boot sponsor?
Don’t forget the impact sponsors have on a sportsperson’s career – and losing both the money from them and their interest in you can have a major impact on your mental attitude and form.
The fact you are sponsored by a Nike or Adidas is a fantastic endorsement itself from a huge company in your ability, reputation, and exposure, and the loss of that is a huge deal to any sports person.
Of course, there might have been an entirely innocent reason for the dramatic change in Morelos’ boots, but there is no question the kid was sullen even by his normal moody standards and those boots stood out a mile.
If we’re off base, no problem, but we cannot think of any other reason Morelos would not wear his trademark boots.