Rangers and Steven Gerrard would love to keep Alfredo Morelos but they may be forced into a big-money sale this summer because of financial pressures, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker suggested finally winning the Scottish Premiership could be the perfect note for the Colombian to exit Ibrox on.

Morelos has long been linked with a move away but has put that behind him and is currently playing the best football of his Rangers career.

The 24-year-old is also seemingly loving life in Glasgow as demonstrated by his celebrations after the Gers ended Celtic’s nine years of dominance.

Morelos is out of contract in 2023 and last signed a new contract in March 2019 that took him beyond the £30,000-a-week mark.

“Rangers and Steven will want him to stay,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“He’s been there a while now, Morelos, it’s been more good than bad for him at the club. We’ve seen the very bad side of him but we’ve also seen a lot more of the good and what he’s all about.

“It’s very difficult to part company with a natural goalscorer.

“It depends on whether he feels this was the final piece of the jigsaw that he needed to move. Maybe he wanted to leave in this sort of manner, with a championship under his belt.

“Maybe that could be key to him leaving or does he want to stay and does he enjoy what he’s doing with Steven Gerrard and the rest of the group? 

“There are two ways of looking at that when it comes to a player who was on the verge of moving, there was a lot of talk and speculation about him moving. It seems to me Rangers would have let him go at the right price if someone had come in.

“I think that’s what it comes down to – the right price. Someone is going to have to go out of Rangers’ squad to fund the losses from the pandemic, in my opinion. One has to go. 

“I know they’re going to get a lot of money from where they finish in the league etc. and that will go towards certain things but I just think the amount every club has lost over this last year, you’re going to have to find that equity somewhere and it might just be one player leaving.”

In other news, Danny Mills has tipped Rangers to dominate Celtic for “three, four years” as they approach a 43-year-old to potentially be their new manager.