One thing barely mentioned yesterday was Alfredo Morelos got denied a final Old Firm appearance, in what was clearly a complete breakdown between him and Michael Beale.
The soon-to-be ex-Rangers striker will leave Ibrox this summer, and a tonne of fans have lost all patience with him, with a real lack of positive sentiment about his contribution at Ibrox. He peaked in season 19/20 in which he was on the path to becoming a world class striker, but that Lille bid and the circus around it saw the end of him, and the past three years have been his playing out time.
But it was his dreadful, heartless, soulless cameo v Aberdeen at Ibrox, in which the Colombian cut a disinterested figure, and which saw, for once, justified scathing criticism from his manager.
There was clearly a fall out, a breakdown, and Beale, pettily or not, denied the ex-HJK man a final cameo in an Old Firm, one in which Rangers were comfortably winning.
Instead he jabbed a bit of an insult Morelos’ way by choosing young Zak Lovelace to come on as a late striker cameo instead, meaning Morelos says goodbye without getting one last hurrah in the biggest match of them all.
But of course it wouldn’t have been one, would it?
While Morelos would have been applauded and cheered by the supporters anyway, he’d have likely cut the usual bored figure of contempt he has this season, meaning he’d have received adulation for giving very little.
We don’t agree with a lot of what Michael Beale has done recently, but funnily enough Morelos deserved this – he’s given absolutely nothing ‘back’ to this club in the 6 years he’s been here, because all of those good performances from the past were self-serving and designed to get him his move, something he wasn’t shy to discuss.
So it’s not like we owe him anything. It’s Rangers who have given everything to Morelos – a better life, more money, a massive platform. He didn’t bother with our language, and towards the end he’s gained weight too, losing a tonne of fitness.
So what do we owe him?
Beale doesn’t owe him anything, he gave him chances, and he wasted them, so it’s with sorrow Morelos leaves by the back door and not the hero he had the potential to be.
And he didn’t owe him a final Old Firm either.
We’ve not backed the boss on a lot of his decisions lately, but as petty as this one seemed, it was probably correct.