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McALLISTER BACKS MORELOS ‘GAME OVER’ GESTURE

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RANGERS No.2 Gary McAllister insists Alfredo Morelos has NO case to answer over his controversial “slit-throat” gesture he made as he came off the Parkhead pitch last month.

The controversial Colombian had just been red-carded by referee Kevin Clancy for diving in stoppage-time of the Ibrox side’s 2-1 victory over Celtic.

SFA compliance officer Clare Whyte is still looking at the conduct of Morelos as he trudged off the field after being dismissed for the SEVENTH time in his turbulent career with Steven Gerrard’s outfit.

But assistant gaffer McAllister reckons the frontman is innocent of attempting to upset home fans and was merely making a “game over” sign in the fading moments of a typical Glasgow derby.

The former Scotland international captain, speaking at Gers’ winter training base in Dubai, told the Scottish Sun: “I’ve seen Alfredo make the sign two or three times before.

“Even when we come to the end of games in training sessions, he’ll make that sign. It’s something he feels is ‘game over’, as it’s the end of the game.

“He did it against FC Midtjylland, and we were six minutes over at Celtic and it was the end of the game.

“I thought the ref put four minutes up and Alfredo was sent off at six-and-a-half minutes, so the game WAS over.”

Morelos, who has fired in 28 goals in this campaign, will miss the forthcoming games against Stranraer, in the Scottish Cup, and the Premiership encounters against St Mirren and Hearts.

McAllister added: “Prior to the two red cards in recent games, Alfredo’s discipline had been very good. He has certainly improved.

“I think there is a lot of provocation towards Alfredo and when you watch games back and get the opportunity to watch them more closely, you can see it.

“He’s a physical player and takes as much as he gives. He’s one of those players, it’s him and the centre-backs, it’s always going to be physical.”

 

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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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