Ibrox Exclusive: Rangers in talks to sell senior star, Bent drops first-hand verdict: 'Naive'
Darren Bent claims that Alfredo Morelos leaving Rangers could be a “blessing” for Steven Gerrard this summer.
The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Colombian’s departure would see the other strikers at Ibrox up their game in a bid for a starting role.
As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers are in talks to sell the 24-year-old hitman to Lille in a deal which could be worth as much as £17million.
Speaking after Thursday’s defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, Gerrard told BT Sport that Morelos has had his head turned over a potential move away from Rangers this summer.
The Gers confirmed the capture of two new strikers on Tuesday as Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten joined from Anderlecht and St Gallen respectively.
Bent, who played with the likes of current Rangers ace Jermain Defoe for club and country, believes Morelos’ exit could see the other forwards hit new heights as a result.
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Asked how much of a distraction Morelos’ situation would be around the dressing room, Bent told Football Insider: “It’s not that bad because you kind of, from a player’s perspective you just let him get on with it and focus on what you’re doing.
“Where he’s probably thinking he wants to get the move away to Lille or wherever else he’s going, you have the ones like Defoe, Kemar Roofe, these guys who are in training every day trying to show Steven Gerrard they’re the man to start most of the games and replace him.
“If anything it can work for the club, he’s a big personality and he’s had moments where he’s shown real quality but he’s also shown moments of real naivety.
“So for me, when you’ve got guys like Defoe and Roofe, it might be a blessing for Steven Gerrard because these guys are going to come in and even Defoe, being 37, 38, he’s going to be as hungry as ever.”
In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has tipped a 25-year-old to leave Ibrox for next season.