Saturday, 3 August 2019

Bold claim made at Ibrox - but is it accurate?

On top of Steven Gerrard’s intriguing claim about Alfredo Morelos and the lack of interest in him is his assertion to that the striker doesn’t owe Rangers, or indeed anyone, anything.

That he’s earned his success and doesn’t owe anything at all to anyone else.

Well, that’s just not true.

If Alfredo Morelos owes his career to someone, it’s Jonatan Johansson, without whom it’s feasible this Colombian hitman would still be in Finland.

He also owes Rangers a tonne of grace for tolerating his disciplinarian disgraces, while putting up with his complete lack of engagement with supporters.

The boy has (mostly) delivered on the pitch, that’s very true, but JJ’s scouting alerted Rangers to his abilities and then Ibrox and the club have given him a grand stage on which to promote his services.

He also owes Rangers fans a goal or two against Celtic.

We don’t completely agree with Stevie on this one. Strictly, technically it is true that Freddo doesn’t owe anyone anything. He is not in debt to anyone, and he did show grace in fact by signing an extension.

But we’re quite sure he was handsomely rewarded for that, and we just feel that morally speaking Morelos has been such a circus for two years at Ibrox that the idea he has no ‘obligations’ to the club seems a little far-fetched.

Of course, the manager would say this – he would defend any player from a provocative question like that, as he should.

But the reality – Morelos does owe Rangers a bit, and he sure as heck owes JJ a lot.

But, maybe we owe him some things too.

Mutual beneficiaries.

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