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EX-CELT POINTS FINGER OF BLAME AT MORELOS

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JOHN HARTSON has labelled Rangers one-hit wonders and pointed the finger at controversial Colombian Alfredo Morelos for a lot of the team’s woes.

The Ibrox outfit could drop THIRTEEN points off the pace in the race for the Premiership title if they lose to the champions at Parkhead on Sunday.

As Steven Gerrard prepares to take his players across Glasgow – where they have already lost 1-0 in September – former Celtic forward Hartson has no doubt where a lot of the blame lies.

He looks at the record of indiscipline by Morelos as being a huge factor following a remarkable FOUR red cards in a bad-tempered campaign.

Hartson, speaking to the The Sun, said: “Alfredo Morelos has let Gerrard down by failing to stay on the pitch at times.

“They brought in a big signing in Jermain Defoe, but it just confused the situation. It left Gerrard wondering who to play. Does he drop Morelos or leave Defoe out? Does he play Defoe or leave Morelos out?

“Steve Davis has come in, but he hasn’t kicked a ball so far.

“It’s about going to places like Dundee and Kilmarnock and winning. It’s about getting three points at home when you are not performing particularly well.

OUCH…Celtic defender Anthony Ralston appears to be stamped on by Alfredo Morelos at Ibrox in December, but the Rangers striker escaped punishment.

“It’s the last-minute winners and having the character and spirit to go to the 93rd minute.

“Celtic have not been at their best this season, but they have dug in and it’s the ugly games that win you titles.

“They have got to 10 points and if it goes to 13 it would be a travesty if they didn’t go on to complete eight in a row.”

Hartson also looked back at the Glasgow derby in late December where Gerrard’s team took all three points with a deflected effort from Ryan Jack handed them a deserved victory and put them level at the op although the Celts had a game in hand.

But Hartson reckoned that rare win has back-fired on the Govan side.

He added: “Rangers got carried away by that result. If you look at the results since that win at Ibrox, I don’t know if they took their eye off the ball.

“I don’t know if they put so much into that game and got the result, then went away on the winter break and felt they had Celtic’s number.

“You have to ask, where’s it gone? It was a wonderful performance. Celtic were second best and Rangers won fair and square.

“But is that enough? Just turn up and beat Celtic in one Old Firm game? Does that make you happy?

“If it does, then you have a problem because Rangers should have kicked on from there.

OUCH…Aberdeen centre-half Scott McKenna gets the boot from Morelos – and both were red-carded at Pittodrie.

“They haven’t, while Celtic have. That’s why they are 10 points clear. If Rangers had played like they did that day against Celtic, they could have been the team 10 points clear.

“But they have dropped points all over the place.

“Steven Gerrard must wonder what happened. Something’s gone wrong.

“They were almost challenging after that win, but they have fallen back and gone out of the Scottish Cup, too.

“I said Celtic would win the league by 15 points and it looks like they are on track to do that.”

A win for Hartson’s old Hoops team-mate Neil Lennon, facing Rangers as Celtic gaffer for the first time in seven years, will almost certainly propel the Parkhead men to their eighth successive title – and the FIFTIETH in their history.

The Welsh idol doesn’t see Gers coming back from a loss at the weekend as his former team set their sights on the unprecedented treble treble with a Scottish Cup semi-final challenge awaiting them from Aberdeen at Hampden on April 14.

A victory would see them play either Hearts or Inverness Caley Thistle at the national stadium on May 25 – exactly 52 years from the day they conquered Europe with their historic 2-1 win over Inter Milan in Lisbon.

What a way to bring down the curtain on yet another memorable campaign for the Hoops.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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