Steven Gerrard has completed his first year at Ibrox, and his second season will be all about building on the start he’s made.
To do that, you’d imagine keeping 30-goal Alfredo Morelos is key (or at the very least securing an adequate replacement should he depart), and Gerrard has now claimed he won’t sell the Colombian late in the window, as per The Daily Record.
With Morelos scoring a whopping 30 goals and registering 11 assists last season in his 48 games and doing enough to be described by James McFadden as the ‘best striker in Scotland’, he wouldn’t exactly be an easy player to replace, despite some of his disciplinary issues.
So far, the Ibrox gaffer claims no bids have come in for the 23-year-old, but if anyone wants him they need to move sooner rather than later.
The Liverpool icon admitted that he can’t rule out his star striker’s exit, but said it would take a ‘really, really big offer’ and that ‘if teams are planning on waiting until days or the last week of the window, they are wasting their time’.
His numbers truly speak for themselves, and the Rangers man was rewarded for his domestic form in Scotland as he made his debut for the Colombian national team last season, racking up three appearances for his country, albeit without finding the net, Transfermarkt.
It’s previously been reported that Rangers want a fee of around £20m for the player, which TEAMtalk claimed back in December ahead of the 2019 January window. Then just before the on-going summer window, The Daily Record claimed that Newcastle were prepared to part with that fee for the Colombian, although nothing has come of that rumour yet.
As things stand, Morelos is a Rangers player and after sitting out of the Ibrox club’s 5-0 win over Oxford on the weekend with a slight groin injury, Gerrard has confirmed that he will be part of the travelling squad to take on St Joseph’s in Gibraltar in their Europa League first qualifying round where he will look to get his 2019/20 season underway.
With Kyle Lafferty also linked away and the Gers’ next top scorer coming in the shape of right-back James Tavernier, a hardline stance here appears to be the best strategy as losing him late on could complicate the search for a replacement, possibly depriving the team of a potent goalscorer.
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