Former Celtic stalwart Jackie McNamara has laid into Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos for his performance in the Betfred Cup final on Sunday afternoon.

The Gers forward had something of a match to forget for the Ibrox outfit at Hampden Park, with him having a penalty saved, while he also missed a number of chances and allowed frustration to get the better of him when lashing out on Christopher Jullien in the second-half, and being lucky not to be dismissed.

Morelos has a history of disciplinary problems, something Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has warned him about in the past, and McNamara believes the former Liverpool star will be disappointed with the mentality of the Colombian in the cup final.

“Yeah, exactly and it’s not good for him.” The Football Insider website quotes him as saying.

“He’s been in Old Firm games before and been sent off, they could be three or four goals up and he would have just lashed out, but I think he lost his composure and confidence with the penalty miss.

“He had a few chances and you don’t get many better chances than a penalty, he seems to be lacking a bit of confidence and belief when it comes to scoring against Celtic.

“Scoring against Celtic would have been in his mind, and if he had scored it would have taken the pressure away, he had a great chance after the penalty which he put wide, and normally he would have scored that.

“The pressure of not scoring definitely got to him as he seemed to lose his rag and his composure.”

Morelos will get another chance to show why he is such hot property for Rangers on Thursday night, when the Scottish giants entertain Young Boys in the Europa League, knowing that a draw or a win will see them into the knockout stages, allowing them to forget the heartache of Sunday’s final loss should they achieve it.


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