Discipline is an issue for Rangers, admits assistant manager Gaary McAllister

Rangers Alfredo Morelos was sent off after a challenge on Aberdeen's Graeme Shinnie.
Rangers Alfredo Morelos was sent off after a challenge on Aberdeen's Graeme Shinnie.

Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has stressed they want to help Alfredo Morelos cut out the yellow and red cards as they bid to solve their “discipline problem”.

Morelos received the club’s eighth red card of the season during the midweek defeat by Aberdeen - his third, although his first was later downgraded to a yellow card.

The Colombia international was already suspended for Sunday’s trip to Dundee and will now miss the visit of Hamilton, while Scott Arfield completes a two-match ban at Dens Park after he was sent off against Hearts last weekend.

Manager Steven Gerrard expressed his frustration on Wednesday night after Morelos received a second yellow card for lashing out at Graeme Shinnie with his arm, and Kyle Lafferty committed several fouls after being booked.

McAllister feels decision-making is the main issue and he believes talking through the problem, with Morelos especially, can help provide a solution.

When asked if Rangers needed to address the issue, McAllister said: “Of course, there is a discipline problem with the number of red cards and bookings we have had. But it’s something we are working on continually.

“The players are working at it, we are trying to pass on years of experience to players that maybe haven’t been in these situations before. So everybody at the club is trying to improve the whole discipline issue.

“The communication between the management staff and playing staff is good. This is obviously one that is hitting the headlines at the moment. We are continually talking and that will not stop.”

Morelos had scored in Rangers’ seven previous Ladbrokes Premiership games before being sent off just after the hour mark in the 1-0 defeat against Aberdeen, and his absence leaves Kyle Lafferty as Gerrard’s only real attacking option.