Alan Hutton admits it was an “absolutely massive” decision from Rangers to turn down a £17million bid from Lille for Alfredo Morelos.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender and boyhood fan at Ibrox claims the board are in a strong position to demand what they want for the 24-year-old.
The Daily Record report that Rangers rejected a £17million offer for Morelos and that the French side have now cooled their interest following their capture of Jonathan David.
The Colombian hitman joined the Gers from HJK Helsinki in a £1million move back in 2017 and has been a crucial member of the squad at Ibrox ever since.
Hutton admits the board made a huge call not to accept the French side’s offer but insists they hold all the cards in determining whether he stays or goes.
Asked how significant it was that the Gers turned down the bid, Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s absolutely massive considering you’ve bought him for £1million.
“To be offered £17million is a huge jump but look, they see him as the prize asset and they believe, in their eyes, that he’s worth a lot more so they’re in a strong position.
“They don’t have to sell him, he’s on a long-term contract at Rangers, probably a very good one so they don’t have to sell him. Unless their valuation is met, they’re not going to move forward with it.
“It’s a shame for Morelos if he wants to go and try somewhere else but at the end of day he’s signed a deal, he’s there for X number of years and he has to fulfil that.”
Morelos’ current contract at Rangers, which was signed back in 2019, is set to run until the summer of 2023.
He has scored a total of 79 times in 141 appearances for the Glasgow giants.
In other Rangers news, it can be revealed that a European powerhouse have made contact over signing Morelos.