Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much enjoying the early stages of the summer transfer window, what with new manager Steven Gerrard making some shrewd additions to the Gers squad.
The Liverpool legend was confirmed as Graeme Murty’s successor earlier this month to take over at the conclusion of the campaign, in what will be his first senior managerial job. And the 37-year-old is already going about it the right way as per several of our resident Light Blues supporters, with Allan McGregor and Scott Arfield joining the club, alongside a permanent deal for winger Jamie Murphy.
Subsequently, there is much optimism among those Rangers fans lining up at the bar ahead of the new season, although all that would surely be banished were they to sell Alfredo Morelos to Fenerbahce, as per recent reports coming out of Turkey.
In fact, selling the £1.58 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) would be a case of one step forward, two steps back, based on the good work in the transfer window carried out by Gerrard so far.
Ultimately, Rangers do not have the financial resources available to Bhoys chief Brendan Rodgers, so shrewd acquisitions in the form of McGregor, a vastly experienced goalkeeper, and Arfield, a vastly experienced midfielder, are exactly the sort of signings they have to make this summer.
However, it’s one thing bringing players into the Rangers squad, but it’s just as important that they retain their prized assets – Morelos is arguably the most prized of the lot.
The 21-year-old, in his debut season in Scottish football, scored a mightily impressive 18 goals in 43 appearances for the Light Blues, comfortably finishing the campaign as the club’s top-scorer, and thus one of their most influential stars.
The Gers reportedly rejected a big money bid from the Chinese Super League during January to suggest that money maybe isn’t as big an issue as some believe it is, but they simply can’t give in just a handful of months later – it would hardly show the sort of ambition needed to catch Celtic.
Ultimately, for Gerrard to be able to do the job expected of him from the Rangers faithful, the board have to make the right decisions over the course of the summer. And selling Morelos wouldn’t be the right decision – it would be unthinkable.
By rejecting bids during January, it was a clear indication that the Light Blues didn’t need the money, and given the 21-year-old’s efforts this season, he’s probably worth more to Rangers anyway.
Thus, selling the Colombian ace is a non-starter this summer, as doing so would undo the good work already carried out by Gerrard in the transfer window.
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