By Richard Parks
Former Celtic winger Davie Provan is convinced that Alfredo Morelos has lost his head after the huge offer on the table from Chinese club Beijing Renhe.
It was widely reported, including by the Scottish Sun, that the Chinese club bid £8million for Morelos, 21, on deadline day earlier this week as well as hand the striker a £27,000-a-week deal that would have quadrupled his wages.
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has admitted that the player is “confused” and “unsettled” by the sums he could earn by moving to China.
Provan believes the Light Blues will struggle to hold on to Morelos given the sums speculated about and suggested they should cash in on him given that he joined for only £1.5million last summer.
Writing in his weekly Scottish Sun column, Provan said: “Murty says Alfredo Morelos is ‘confused’ by an £8million offer from the Chinese Super League. In other words, he’s aware of the money on offer and his head is now up his backside.
“If Morelos wants to cash in, Murty will struggle to keep the Colombian in Glasgow. At best, Rangers can expect the agent to be in demanding a hefty wage rise.
“Meanwhile, in the Ibrox boardroom they’ll be considering the words of legendary Wall Street investor Warren Buffet who said: ‘Never be embarrassed to take a profit’.”
The Colombia Under-20 international joined Rangers from Finnish club HJK Helsinki last summer and has had a season of peaks and troughs.
He began with a deluge of goals before a lengthy fallow period and has recently been back in form, with his tally for the campaign now 13 goals from 28 matches, with 11 from 23 league fixtures.
In other Rangers transfer news, it can be revealed that a key first teamer has sensationally asked to leave after the board failed to stick to their promise of giving him a new deal during the transfer window.
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By Richard Parks