COMMENT By Richard Parks
Rangers must cash in on Alfredo Morelos this summer. It is a no-brainer, given the type of sums being talked about.
The Daily Record claim in an extended update on the Glasgow giants’ transfer business that the club are unlikely to repeat the pattern of the winter window when they snubbed a series of huge bids for the Colombian striker.
It was widely reported that Chinese club Beijing Renhe tabled a series of offers in January and February culminating in one of £11million, all of which was to be paid up front.
Those are astonishing numbers, not just in the modern penny-pinching Ibrox era, but in the entire history of the club, whose record sale is Alan Hutton to Tottenham for £9million in 2008.
Rangers took the sensible decision to extend Morelos’ contract on 9 March in a deal that runs until the summer of 2021.
It meant a deserving pay rise for the striker, and enabled the club to protect the market value of their prize asset, especially if he ends the season with a glut of goals.
Rangers fans are split on Morelos between those who believe he has the heart of a lion and the potential to be a brilliant SPL centre-forward and those who insist he is below par given the club’s rich history of front men, misses too many chances and the club wasted the chance to earn a massive fee for him during the winter window.
Nevertheless, given the player’s age – he turns 22 in June – and that this is his first season in Scotland, his tally of 17 goals from 37 matches is pretty impressive.
Should he ease past the 20-goal barrier, which he is well capable of doing, Rangers should be hopeful of more significant bids coming their way in the summer.
They can use the cash to invest in around six new players capable of making an immediate first-team impact.
With director of football Mark Allen proving a safe pair of hands on the recruitment front, cashing in on Morelos would be the best move. Rangers should take the money and run.
In other Rangers news, the club’s board “have been on their knees begging” 70-yr-old to take over as manager.