Chris Sutton is convinced Alfredo Morelos will never play for Rangers again after his latest Old Firm sending-off.
The high-profile pundit and former Celtic striker expects the Colombian hothead to sit out the remainder of the campaign even when his four-match suspension has finished.
Sutton urged Steven Gerrard to cash in on Morelos “at the first opportunity” following his fifth red card of the season.
“Rangers fans might be up in arms at my suggestion but I’m not sure many of them would disagree with my assessment that Alfredo Morelos is now a busted flush after [Sunday’s] action-packed derby,” Sutton wrote in his Daily Record column.
“He has surely played his last game in a Rangers shirt. If I was Steven Gerrard I would sell him at the first opportunity and not select him in the very few games for which he will now be free of suspension between now and the end of the campaign.
“He’s a liability. I’ve heard a few people in the game touting for him to be named Player of the Year. Don’t make me laugh. He’s playing for a team that won’t win anything and once again he cost his club in a match that mattered.
“It would come as no surprise if he has just knocked a couple of million quid off his valuation with his latest act of stupidity.”
Football Insider verdict:
The most pressing issue for the Rangers hierarchy is not whether Morelos makes the starting line-up again this season. In all honesty, it matters little. There will only be three league fixtures remaining when he completes the four-match suspension incurred for his sending-off at Parkhead and the totting up of his wretched disciplinary record. The bigger picture is the fee Rangers can negotiate for their prize asset. The new contract Morelos signed last month will held increase his market value, but it looks nigh on impossible that the club can secure the £20million fee they want for the centre-forward. His 29 goals this season are persuasive but the fact is he has never scored in an Old Firm, he can’t be trusted to stay on the pitch and his marquee-match record is indifferent bordering on poor. By contrast, Moussa Dembele, who was sold by Celtic last summer for £19million, had an outstanding elite-fixture record in a green-and-white shirt before he returned to his native France.
In other Rangers transfer news, Celtic are firmly in the running to sign Ibrox star this summer as bookmakers slash the odds.