Alfredo Morelos has now failed to score against Celtic in 11 matches, but former Ranger Maurice Ross doesn’t believe it’s a mental block.
Let’s start with this: Alfredo Morelos is not a bad striker, in fact he is pretty good as far as talent is concerned. Now, before you call us out for that think about this: Morelos has scored 73 goals in 119 matches. But, that is about where it ends for the Colombian striker. Morelos has never scored a goal against Celtic.
It is very clear that Alfredo Morelos has a mental block when it comes to facing the Hoops. His personality on the pitch may also play a part in keeping the Rangers’ star from rising to the occasion. All of this was on full display on Sunday, and was especially apparent in his missed penalty kick against Fraser Forster.
However, they are still some who say that Alfredo Morelos is the best player in Scotland (Rangers fans no doubt) despite his constant woes during high-profile matches. One of these sympathizers is former Rangers defender Maurice Ross.
Speaking to the BBC, Maurice Ross spoke about Alfredo Morelos, while also defending his shortcomings against the Hoops:
“He’s come to chances but the Celtic goalie was world class. Sometimes that happens.
“At the end of the day, it’s execution. It’s a poor penalty. The boy has missed a penalty, big deal. We’re talking about him missing chances, the goalkeeper’s made some saves.
“At the end of the day, it’s execution. It’s a poor penalty. The boy has missed a penalty, big deal. We’re talking about him missing chances, the goalkeeper’s made some saves.”
So in a sense, Maurice Ross is saying it isn’t actually Alfredo Morelos’ fault (when is it ever?), but it was actually due to the play of Fraser Forster. While this is true, for a striker who has scored as many goals against other clubs as he has, one should expect him to be able to score against the Hoops. But in 11 different contests, he has had no such luck.
Another iteration of the Glasgow Derby will take place on December 29th, and without a doubt Morelos will try to score again on the Hoops. But for the twelfth time in a row, he will be unsuccessful.