Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that Rangers must sell Alfredo Morelos and use the money to bring in three ‘top class’ players starting with the signing of Ryan Kent.
The former Aberdeen, Livingston and Dunfermline striker is convinced Liverpool loanee Kent can spark an Ibrox revival and lead the team to their 55th league title if he is joined by players of similar quality this summer.
Whelan believes the timing is right to sell Morelos, but does not expect Rangers to get anywhere close to their £20million asking price for the Colombian after his fifth red card of the season in Sunday’s Old Firm defeat.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan explained why Steven Gerrard must cash in on Morelos and use the proceeds to part-fund the capture of Kent, who Sky Sports revealed is valued by Liverpool at £7million.
“Cash in on Morelos. Players who score 30 goals aren’t easy to replace, but he has a fragile character and has been a liability too often, ” Whelan said.
“I would sell him. With the money – Rangers can forget about £20million but should get around £12million – you could get three top class players including Kent, who is a fantastic player.
“Rangers are a million miles off Celtic at the moment, but that can change if they spend the money in the right way. They need better quality of players, and the way to do that is spend the Morelos money well. If they do, they can win the league next season, of course they can.”
Celtic are 13 points ahead of Rangers with seven matches of the league season remaining as they close in on their eighth consecutive title.
Kent, who is due to return to Liverpool at the end of the campaign, has scored six goals and supplied a further six assists from 22 league matches this season, as well as adding a further three assists from 16 cup appearances.
Morelos tops the Scottish goal charts with 29 strikes, but he will miss the next four matches through suspension, starting with Wednesday night’s league fixture against Hearts at Ibrox.
In other Rangers transfer news, Celtic jump into pole position to sign Ibrox star this summer as bookmakers slash the odds.