According to a recent report from BBC Scotland, Alfredo Morelos has been linked with a move away from Rangers this month. The 22-year-old only joined the Scottish giants in the summer of 2017 and has since been an absolute revelation north of the border, netting 21 goals in 50 games for the Light Blues to underline his status as one of the club’s most prized assets.
And reports suggest that French side Bordeaux have launched a £3.75 million bid for the striker, which has subsequently been rejected by Steven Gerrard’s side, but were they to cave in and sell the £2.03 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this month, they can wave goodbye to a serious title challenge.
Ultimately, there is little doubting that new boss Gerrard has done some very shrewd business in bringing in no fewer than 11 players to Ibrox, ranging from experience in the form of Allan McGregor and Scott Arfield to exciting young talents in Ovie Ejaria and Ryan Kent.
And while all 11 will bring further quality and depth to a squad that finished third last season, to seriously sustain a Scottish Premiership title challenge this term, Gerrard will also have to keep hold of the club’s best players – Morelos certainly falls into that category.
While the signings of former boss Pedro Caixinha have been questioned by many in the last 12 months or so, the Colombian star has without doubt been one of his better finds in bagging a sensational 18 goals and laying on eight assists for the Light Blues last season, helping them to third place in the league, as well as the last four of the Scottish Cup.
Thus, the 22-year-old comfortably finished as the club’s top-scorer to underline just how integral he is to the side going forward, and with just he and Josh Windass, who left the club for Wigan Athletic last week, reaching double figures last term, it’s clear that taking Morelos out of the side could prove to be disastrous for Gerrard’s side this season.
Add in the three goals he has already scored in helping the Gers win one and draw the other of their opening two league games, as well as close in on a place in the Europa League group stages, and it’s absolutely imperative that Rangers keep hold of the 22-year-old this season if they are to move forward under Gerrard, both this term and in years to come.
The Light Blues simply cannot be in the business of selling their best players if they are to again become a dominant force in Scotland, and given the struggles Celtic appear to be showing at present, there may be an opportunity to make serious inroads this time round.
But they cannot do that without the goals and overall influence of Morelos, which is why they can wave goodbye to a possible title challenge if they let the 22-year-old go this month.
Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!