Former Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan thinks that Glasgow Rangers are “bracing themselves” to part ways with Alfredo Morelos this summer, given their reported transfer interest in several strikers.
The Light Blues’ top scorer, who has been sent off seven times in his career at Ibrox, has been linked with a move to a number of English Premier League teams, including Leicester, Newcastle, West Ham and Aston Villa (as per Leicestershire Live).
Meanwhile, the ‘Gers have themselves been linked with potential moves for forwards such as Lyndon Dykes, Ivan Toney, Rhian Brewster and Lyle Taylor, to name a few; and Whelan believes that, by casting such a wide net, the club are preparing themselves to cash in on Morelos.
The ex-Aberdeen forward told Football Insider: “Rangers are bracing themselves for Morelos leaving. Maybe there is something in the background that we do not know about. Teams will want him despite his character because he is a goalscorer.
“I think they are prepping themselves for a bid that may come in for Morelos. Steven Gerrard is moving very swiftly to cover that base and get a good, quality striker into the club.”
Will Alfredo Morelos still be at Ibrox next season?
With 29 goals in 46 games this season, including 14 in their Europa League campaign, and 77 goals in 137 ‘Gers appearances since his arrival in Scotland, it’s not hard to see why Morelos would be in such high demand, or why his sale would leave a massive void for Gerrard to fill at Ibrox.
Also, after three years in Scotland during which his temperament has sometimes been castigated and he has been the subject of some racist abuse, the Colombian could be open to a fresh challenge in his career. Of the English clubs reportedly interested in the 23-year-old, Leicester are primed to qualify for next season’s Champions League while Newcastle could have a hugely exciting future if a proposed £300m takeover goes through.
As Whelan has said, that the ‘Gers are being linked with numerous strikers in recent days could indicate that Gerrard is prioritising this position in the transfer market because he feels he may have to concede defeat in the fight to keep Morelos at Ibrox.
It could be a pivotal summer window for the Light Blues as we wait to see what the future holds for Morelos but, if he does leave, whoever is tasked with stepping into his boots will have a considerable task on their hands.
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