Charlie Nicholas has said that Alfredo Morelos is becoming a headache for Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.
The Colombia international has been a fantastic signing for the Gers since making the move to Ibrox in 2017 for £1.08m, scoring 79 goals in 142 matches, but his future is up in the air following recent reports saying that he has agreed personal terms with Ligue 1 side Lille. Despite this intense speculation, though, he has started every game for the 54-time Scottish champions in the Premiership this term.
Writing in The Daily Express (via The Daily Record), Nicholas said:
“Alfredo Morelos is currently a bigger headache to Rangers manager Steven Gerrard than he is to opposition defences. If I was Gerrard I would be asking why are we keeping him?
“The Rangers manager has spent on Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten because he believes in them. Rangers have paid good money for them so Gerrard will want them in his team.
“The issue just now is that he feels he has to keep Morelos in his starting XI. If he doesn’t then he will lose value and the other issue is how will he impact the squad if he is not playing?
“I know Gerrard said Morelos’s head had been turned by Lille’s interest, but, out with the St Mirren game, he has looked a shadow of his former self.”
Nicholas does raise a good point – Morelos has said himself that if a good offer comes in from another league, it is something he would have to consider, which does not exactly sound like the words of a player who is committed to the cause at Ibrox.
In the first four matches of the league campaign, Morelos has scored twice, but they both came in the same game versus St. Mirren – given they are said to be looking for a fee of around £20m for the 24-year-old, surely he should be doing more.
Will Morelos still be at Rangers by the end of the transfer window?
With Itten and Roofe waiting in the wings, Gerrard has enough firepower if Morelos does depart. Hopefully, the situation resolves itself soon for all involved.
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