According to a recent report from BBC Scotland, Rangers have turned down an offer from Bordeaux for striker Alfredo Morelos. The 22-year-old made the move to Ibrox back in 2017 and has since been an absolute revelation north of the border, netting 21 goals in just 50 appearances for the Light Blues to become one of the club’s most important assets.
And reports suggest that Steven Gerrard’s men have rejected a £3.75 million bid from the Colombian star, and given just how influential he has been in the last 18 months or so, it’s imperative that they retain the £2.03 million-rated hotshot (as per Transfermarkt) if they are to call the summer a success.
Ultimately, new manager Gerrard has been extremely busy in the transfer window since taking over the Scottish giants earlier in the summer, with no fewer than 11 players through the door at Ibrox.
And with many shrewd additions, most notably the likes of Allan McGregor, Jon Flanagan, and Ryan Kent, there is no doubting that Gerrard deserves credit for the business he has so far carried out – yet it is just as important to the Liverpool legend that he retains the club’s best players to build a foundation for a Scottish Premiership title assault.
And having sanctioned the departure of Josh Windass to Wigan Athletic last week, they have already lost one of their most prized assets – they can now ill-afford to lose another in Morelos.
The 22-year-old has been in excellent form pretty much ever since he made the move to Rangers back in June 2017, with the forward netting 18 times and laying on eight assists last season to help the Gers finish third in the league, and indeed reach the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.
And with three goals and two assists already this time round, thus helping Gerrard’s men to an unbeaten start in the Scottish Premiership and to the cusps of a Europa League play-off, it’s pretty evident that Morelos is a vital part of the squad at Ibrox – he and Windass were the only two players to reach double figures last season.
And while losing the latter is sure to come as a blow to the Light Blues as the season progresses, Morelos has already proven that he can compensate for his departure by scoring and indeed creating chances this season – take Morelos out of the side though, and it’s difficult to see where the goals are coming from.
As such, while Gerrard deserves great credit for his efforts in overhauling the Gers squad this summer, he simply has to retain the services of the 22-year-old if Rangers are to call the summer a success.
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