Rangers chairman Dave King has confirmed that it was Graeme Murty’s choice not to sell Alfredo Morelos in the January window.
As quoted in the Scottish Sun, King confirmed that a serious bid was on the table but the final decision on the player was taken by Murty.
In February, the Four Lads Had a Dream blog, a solid source of Rangers news, claimed on its Twitter account that Morelos was the subject of an £11million bid from China.
However, Morelos stayed with Rangers – a decision that King has now said was Murty’s.
“The manager made a decision not to sell him, it was completely up to him.
“He said: ‘I would rather have the player, if you’re not putting me under pressure to get the money I would rather keep Morelos’.
“We said: ‘There’s no pressure, you make a football decision’.
“It was a lot of money for Morelos. But how much would it cost us to go out and replace a player who is a proven goalscorer in Scotland?
Football Insider verdict:
Everyone’s clever with hindsight but this certainly looks like the wrong decision now and King isn’t exactly helping Murty out by revealing this bombshell now. King didn’t confirm the amount that was on the table but if it was anywhere near the figures that were being bandied about, it will go down as one of Murty’s worst moves. Morelos only scored four goals in the Premiership from January onwards and was dropped for a couple of games as his form faltered. Will he stay this summer? If Gerrard gets the chance to sell him in exchange for more transfer funds, we would imagine Morelos will be on his way. He hasn’t endeared himself to the Rangers fans in the second half of the season and his misses against Celtic in the Old Firm games were extremely costly – in morale for the Rangers team if for nothing else. Murty had lost the Rangers fans by the end of the season and this won’t help things.