'Biggest kick in the face' - Ibrox Exclusive: Pundit claims Gerrard happy to sell Rangers star
Noel Whelan believes that Steven Gerrard will be “more than happy” to let Alfredo Morelos leave Rangers after his discipline issues.
The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes that the manager lost all faith with the Colombian after he returned late from a personal trip last season.
As revealed by Football Insider on Thursday, Rangers are in advanced talks to sell the 24-year-old striker to Lille in a £17million deal.
Whelan believes that Morelos has let Gerrard down once too many times and that the Gers boss will not have many issues letting him leave Ibrox this summer.
Whelan told Football Insider: “We do know there’s been issues with Morelos at Rangers and I’m pretty sure a person like Steven Gerrard has not been impressed.
“Yes, he’s been scoring goals but when you look at character and attitude, that is the first boxes you’ve got to tick and he’s not ticked enough of those while he’s been at Rangers.
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“He’s been very petulant, a player you can’t trust, not come back on time when he’s been given time off to go home – I think that was probably the biggest kick in the face for Steven Gerrard and probably his last chance he was going to give him.
“You don’t want him to be doing that – it’s disrespectful to your manager, disrespectful to the club and the rest of the players and I think Steven Gerrard’s more than happy to let him go.”
Morelos has netted a total of 77 times in 137 appearances for Rangers since joining in a £1million deal in 2017.
He scored 29 goals last season but only one of those came after the winter break.
In other Rangers news, the club have been urged to sign a £2million-rated forward who has ‘given Celtic nightmares’.
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