Kris Boyd has insisted that Alfredo Morelos will quit Rangers at the end of the season.
Writing in his Scottish Sun column, the Kilmarnock striker and outspoken pundit gave little credence to the new contract signed by the 22-year-old earlier this month.
Boyd is convinced the Colombia international will move to pastures new on the back of a campaign in which he believes he’s been the outstanding player in Scotland.
“Despite recently signing a new deal, I don’t think there’s any doubt the 22-year-old will move on in the summer,” Boyd told the Scottish Sun.
“If that’s to happen then I would wager Gerrard would want it to happen sooner rather than later.
“I have no idea what kind of figure Rangers will eventually command for the international, but it’s clear any money they do bring in will have to go towards a suitable replacement.
“He has been Rangers’ talisman this season and he will be a huge miss for the Ibrox club next year.”
Football Insider verdict:
Boyd’s straight-shooting grates with some, but he hits the target more often that not, just as he did when wearing the Light Blue shirt during his days as the Rangers spearhead. Is the striker correct? Will his fellow member of the centre-forward union pack his bag just months after penning his third new contract in a year and which commits him to Ibrox until the summer of 2023? Yes, unfortunately. It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the latest extension was merely a device to protect the value of a player who Rangers rate in the same price bracket as Moussa Dembele, who quit Celtic last summer to join Lyon for £19million. Like Dembele, Morelos is 22, richly talented, prolific and with the world at his feet. He is good enough to be playing in one of Europe’s elite leagues – the top tiers of England, France, Spain, Italy or Germany – and you can bet your life that’s how his agents will view it, too. It would be a surprise if Morelos comes back for a third Ibrox season.
In other Rangers transfer news, it can be REVEALED that the Ibrox club are on the verge of signing a player after agreeing the terms of a £15,000-a-week deal.