Mark Allen
YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Mark Allen reacts against Ronnie O'Sullivan during the final of the Betway UK Snooker Championship 2018 at Barbican on December 09, 2018 in York, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Rangers director of football Mark Allen has demanded more protection within Scottish football for Alfredo Morelos.

Allen insists the former HJK Helsinki striker gets rough treatment at times, both in terms of how he is treated on the pitch and how he’s seen off it.

Morelos was recently at the centre of another controversy during the Old Firm Derby after referee John Beaton took no action against him following separate flashpoints with Scott Brown, Ryan Christie and Anthony Ralston.

Speaking about Morelos’ future, after Steven Gerrard stressed he was not for sale this month, Allen said, according to Daily Mail:

“The one thing I would say about Morelos is that we need to look after him a bit better.. He is a very talented young man, he is living thousands of miles away from home and is still only 20-odd.”

“People are very quick to jump on the back of ‘Morelos did this or Morelos did that’. I watch every game and sometimes he just needs a little bit more protection because people tend to see the things they want to see in terms of this is what Morelos has supposedly done.”

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 08: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers shoots at goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on March 08, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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“They don’t actually see what has been done to Morelos and I think we have to be very mindful of that because he is a talented boy.”

“For the record, I am not referring to the Old Firm game. What I am saying is that, throughout the course of this season, and what I saw of last season, everyone is quick to jump on the bandwagon.”

“But they don’t look at what happens to Alfredo on the pitch and, if he is getting protected, is he getting the right protection in every game? That is the point I am making and we need to be mindful of that.”

“He is a very talented young man, but he is a young man. We rate him very highly but sometimes he gets bad publicity through no fault of his own and people jump on that bandwagon.”

“I am not particularly aiming at referees with my comments on Morelos. I think, generally, everyone needs to look at the other side.”