Rangers may need to hand Alfredo Morelos another new contract to keep him out of the hands of Premier League clubs in January, Football Insider understands.

The Colombia international, 23, cemented his position as the club’s top earner when he was handed a deal worth upwards of £30,000-a-week in March.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club are braced for fresh talks with Morelos about his future ahead of the January window.

The prolific striker has publicly made clear on multiple occasions he wants to challenge himself in a leading European league and has mentioned his interest in a move to the Premier League.

Steven Gerrard insisted in the wake of Morelos’ double in yesterday’s 3-0 Scottish League Cup semi-final win over Hearts he is “100 per cent sure” his star man is going nowhere in the winter window.

Rangers intend to rebuff offers for the front man, who they now value at around £25million after taking his game to a new level this season.

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But the club’s hierarchy are aware they may need to keep Morelos sweet by handing him an even more lucrative contract.

Morelos, who joined Rangers from HJK Helsinki in the summer of 2017, has subsequently penned three new deals, in March 2018, September 2018 and March of this year.

On each occasion he has been granted a pay rise and that is once again a possibility given the player’s immense significance to the team.

Morelos has now banged in 20 goals from 24 appearances in all competitions this season and his improved disciplinary record is likely to have impressed suitors.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that Gerrard pal has shared his concern over the future of Ryan Kent at Ibrox.