The Lowdown: Contract talks
Speaking to The Rangers Review, managing director Stewart Robertson revealed that talks over a new contract for Morelos are ‘ongoing’ behind the scenes.
The Colombia international’s current deal at Ibrox expires in the summer, meaning that he could leave as a free agent, even potentially signing a pre-contract agreement elsewhere in January.
The Latest: McAvennie reacts
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie has claimed that it would be ‘bad management’ if the club let Morelos go for free, adding that they should accept an offer even as low as £5m for him if they receive one in the January transfer window:
“Rangers, unfortunately, are a selling club.
“Same with Celtic. No matter how much money they have got in the bank, Scottish football is a breeding ground for England.
“There is all this talk about Morelos and what he is worth, I think teams will be frightened off by some of the prices. I think the players like him but if he is not fit what does he bring to the team?
“Somebody will take him for nothing, do Rangers want to do that? Even if they got £5million for him. He has got to go in January if he is not signing a new contract. The Rangers fans will want something out of it if he leaves. I think it is bad management if he stays until the end of the season and doesn’t get the club any money.
“The club needs to get money, the same as every other club in Scotland. I just don’t know if he wants to sit on the bench. At least he has got something to think about now and that can only be good for Rangers.“
The Verdict: Sell
Assuming that Morelos does not sign a new deal, the Gers should be looking to sell him in January.
The striker was dropped by Giovanni van Bronckhorst earlier in the season for concerns over both his fitness and attitude, and even though he has been a great goalscorer for the Light Blues over the years, his temperament should not be brushed aside.
Nonetheless, new striker signing Antonio Colak has come in and hit the ground running with 11 goals and one assist in his first 15 games in total over all competitions (Transfermarkt), and so Morelos may not be missed as much if he were to leave now.
Thus, getting a sizeable chunk of money for him in January should be the priority for the Teddy Bears, should he not sign a new contract.
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