Noel Whelan is adamant Rangers will only sell Alfredo Morelos if they have a suitable replacement lined up.

The former Leeds United and Aberdeen forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that Steven Gerrard could not afford to let the 24-year-old leave with Jermaine Defoe sidelined.

Sky Sports reported yesterday Morelos had agreed personal terms with Ligue 1 side Lille and the two clubs are now negotiating a fee for the Colombia international.

Rangers attacker Alfredo Morelos says sorry

Defoe suffered a hamstring injury last week which leaves Morelos as the only fit and available senior striker at the club.

Morelos scored an impressive 29 goals in 46 appearances for the Gers last season despite a notable dip in form after the winter break.

When asked by Football Insider if Gerrard may find himself striker-less for this week’s trip to Aberdeen, Whelan said:

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“Rangers are in a real predicament with Defoe injured and Morelos linked to go.

“They will not sell Morelos unless they have got a replacement lined up. That is work that needs to be done in the board room.

“They must make sure they have somebody to come in and feel his boots. You cannot let Morelos go unless you have got somebody else. You just can’t.

“They are not blessed with an abundance of top quality strikers at Rangers at the minute. Defoe was one that looked sharp in preseason and is now hampered. They need someone who can play 30, 40 games a season.”

When speaking on the striker situation, Gerrard said: “We haven’t got enough options in the number nine area at the moment.

“We’re actively looking to strengthen in that area.”

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