BILLY DODDS reckons Rangers’ red card record will catch up with them this season after they collected their eighth dismissal in the defeat to Aberdeen.

Boss Steven Gerrard held a meeting with his players on Tuesday morning to warn them of the consequences of their poor disciplinary record following Scott Arfield’s sending off against Hearts.

But those words appeared to fall on deaf ears as Alfredo Morelos saw red and the Dons inflicted a first home defeat of the campaign on the Gers.

Scott McKenna’s early effort won it for Derek McInnes’ side as the loss of Sam Cosgrove for two yellow card offences didn’t prove costly for the visitors.

And former Ibrox and Pittodrie striker Dodds knows Rangers must sort out their disciplinary issue if they are to challenge for the Premiership title this term.

He said: “Don’t get me wrong, it is not a good result for them and Aberdeen beat them in the League Cup semi-final as well.

“Aberdeen are capable of doing that to teams and Rangers have been on the back of those results so far.

“The mentality is a question mark, you would have to say, in terms of discipline and Morelos was sent off again. That was another red card for Rangers.

“That is going to affect them at some point and if they are going to sustain a title challenge they really need to be keeping all of their players on the park.

“When you lose your top goal scorer and a guy that has been playing well for you consistently, it is going to take points off you at some stage.

“I saw the bookings and the first one was rather soft. It doesn’t matter, once you have had that first booking, the last thing you can do is slap your forearm into Graeme Shinnie’s face.

“Those things are going to come back to haunt you and it was crazy from Morelos. He is a good player, he is young, he has to learn that that can’t happen if he is going to develop into a top player.”