By Noel Whelan

12th Sep, 2021 | 8:00am

Rangers 'expect talks' with Morelos over new deal in January as player's stance revealed - pundit

Noel Whelan claims Rangers will try to tie down Alfredo Morelos to a new contract during January.

The former Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted as the forward opened up in a new interview.

In an interview with Colombian radio station El VBar de Caracol Radio (1 September) Morelos claimed he was “calm” when asked if he wanted to leave Rangers.

However the forward once again alluded to the fact he wants to leave the club in the future, saying he hopes to move “soon”.

Morelos, 25, has two years remaining in his current Ibrox deal.

He was subject to interest from Porto this summer but the club never met Rangers’ £13million asking price.

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Whelan claims the striker will be willing to extend with Rangers because by January the club should be top of the Scottish Premiership.

“He’s got two years left on his current deal,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Dylan Childs.

“Come January, Rangers will think about putting a package together.

“Right now, at the start of the season with two years left on the deal, I think you can expect talks in January.

“I’m sure he will be willing to extend because Rangers will be up there by that point.”

Morelos has scored three goals in seven total outings this season.

He scored what looked to be a massive goal against Malmo before a second-half defensive collapse dumped the Gers out of the Champions League.

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