By Richard Parks
Rangers must bite the hand off Beijing Renhe if, as reports suggest, a fresh bid is incoming for striker Alfredo Morelos.
The Scottish Sun claim the Chinese top-division club are ready to make another move for the Colombian, 21, after tabling an £11million offer in January that was rejected by the Light Blues.
It is said that Beijing’s new bid will be “significantly lower” than earlier in the year, but Morelos could still go during the summer window.
Talk about lucky timing for new manager Steven Gerrard.
In Scottish football circles, there is great scepticism as to the veracity of the mega-money winter bid for Morelos, and whether the actual formal offer from Beijing reached anywhere near that massive level.
Given that the forward is more raw than uncooked chicken and has an appetite for missing open goals, most Bears would have gnawed off the hand of anyone offering anywhere near £11million for him.
Was it a case of an agent with an over-active imagination spinning a few yarns?
Only those involved will really know, although chairman Dave King insisted this week that the bid was genuine and it was ex-manager Graeme Murty’s choice not to sell.
What is certain is that if a bid of over £5million of actual hard cash is on the table this summer for Morelos, the top brass should take the money and run.
He is a striker of real promise – 18 goals and eight assists from 43 matches in his debut season is proof of that – but he is not a worldbeater and never will be.
Morelos lacks the finesse and killer instinct for a title-winning team, and is inferior to all three Celtic strikers, Moussa Dembele, Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard.
There are better strikers out there that Rangers can afford. And they should look to cash in on their prize asset and find them.