EXCLUSIVE

Jackie McNamara has warned Rangers manager Steven Gerrard that he is unlikely to get what he wants after his comments on Alfredo Morelos.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland star insisted that teams will always look to secure a late deal in the transfer window and that he will have to field calls for the Colombian in the finals weeks of the market if he remains at Ibrox.

Gerrard was quoted as saying that it would take a hefty fee to prise the South American hitman from the Glasgow giants and that he would not welcome any late offers from prospective suitors.

However, McNamara has warned the Gers boss that he might not have a choice when it comes to clubs making a move for their star striker, although insisted Gerrard would have a contingency plan in place.

“I listened to his interview about Morelos, about people coming in early if they want him,” McNamara told Football Insider.

“Obviously he’s wanting to deal with that as soon as possible rather than wait until the last minute of the window. Unfortunately, the window doesn’t work like that! 

“Everybody does it last minute so the prices aren’t astronomical. I don’t think he’ll be forced just by money, he’ll have options that he’ll be looking at. Maybe he’s thinking along those lines – if he left, he doesn’t get the other one last minute.

“I can understand why he’s saying if you’re buying him, come do it now but the transfer window doesn’t work like that, unfortunately. I think he’s asking the question if there’s people interested.” 

Morelos was the Scottish Premiership’s top goalscorer last season with 18 goals, Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove and Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard finishing on 17 and 15 respectively.

The Colombian netted a total of 30 strikes across all competitions for Rangers but also found himself on the wrong side of the law on numerous occasions, with 16 yellow and five red cards handed his way.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED the club have secured a verbal agreement for the capture of a familiar face at Ibrox.