By Noel Whelan

17th Aug, 2021 | 12:00pm

'Fragile' Morelos will not quit Rangers after Champions League blow - pundit

Noel Whelan claims Alfredo Morelos will not leave Rangers because of their Champions League exit.

The former Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the Gers current situation.

The Glasgow giants’ Champions League exit to Malmo leaves a significant hole in their finances.

The easiest way to offset this loss would be with the sale of one or potentially more first-team players.

Morelos, 25, almost left the club last summer but stayed and helped Rangers win their first title in 10 years.

On 26th June, Football Insider revealed Rangers have told Porto that they want £13million for their star striker.

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However, the latest from an Ibrox source is they could even accept a lower price in the final weeks of the window.

“I don’t think he’ll leave because Rangers are out of the Champions League,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“It gives Steven Gerrard a good chance to see the character of some players. Do they still want to fight for the club? Do they want to be here?

“Morelos has only just come back, it’s about seeing what’s happening in the dressing room. That’s the question.

“They still have the Europa League and they did well in that competition last season.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Rangers can go even further this season.

“I’m sure Rangers are a tight unit but Morelos has been fragile in the past.

“Let’s see how he reacts.”

Rangers face a Europa League play-off clash against Armenian side Alashkert in their bid to earn a place in the group stage of that competition.

The first leg of that game will take place on Thursday (19th August) at Ibrox.

In other news, Rangers tipped for late spending spree to fend off Celtic after big development.