Rangers supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side suffer a first defeat of 2018 at the hands of Hibernian on Saturday, thus seeing them slip further behind second place Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership table.
Graeme Murty’s men went into their clash with the Edinburgh-based outfit having won each of their three matches in the New Year, with successes over Aberdeen, Ross County, and Fraserburgh increasing the optimism among our resident Gers fans ahead of the rest of the season. However, they were pretty despondent over the weekend as goals from John McGinn and Jamie MacLaren set the visitors on their way to all three points at Ibrox, with the hosts unable to build upon a Sean Goss equaliser to prevent the Gers falling six points behind Derek McInnes’ Dons.
As such, several of those Rangers supporters lining up at the bar have been somewhat quieter in the Tavern this week, although they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Scottish Sun, which includes comments from the club’s managing director Stewart Robertson suggesting that, while they rejected a bid for Alfredo Morelos during January, a move could still take place in the future.
21-year-old Morelos has been in sensational form for Murty’s side this term with 13 goals in 28 games for the Scottish giants, and as such unsurprisingly attracted interest during the January window with Chinese Super League outfit Beijing Renhe reportedly launching an unsuccessful £8 million offer for the forward.
And while the Gers rejected that offer, which came as somewhat of a surprise to many of our resident Rangers fans, Robertson has refused to rule out a future move for the 21-year-old, saying: ‘We’re not saying we won’t sell him eventually because we do recognise recycling players in the player-trading model is a key part of the business plan going forward.
‘But we’ll do that when it’s on our terms rather than on the terms of a potential buyer.’
And while the Gers would have been encouraged by the board’s stance during January, the fact the Chinese Super League window remains open until the end of February is unlikely to fill them with confidence given Robertson’s admisson.
Landlord’s verdict: Alfredo Morelos has been in wonderful form for Rangers this term, so it was no surprise that there was interest in his services during the January transfer window.
However, what was surprising is that the Gers turned down a sizable £8 million bid for the 21-year-old from Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe, a hefty sum of money that would have helped the club combat their financial difficulties.
And while managing director Stewart Robertson implied that the club didn’t need to sell the Colombian star, he has refused to rule out his departure in the future.
And this is unlikely to comfort our resident Rangers fans, especially with the Chinese Super League transfer window still open until the end of February and the potential for further Morelos bids very much there.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!