By Frank McAvennie

13th Aug, 2021 | 10:00am

Rangers will sell Morelos to cover Champions League loss as new asking price revealed - pundit

Frank McAvennie claims Alfredo Morelos is the prime candidate to be sold after Rangers crashed out of the Champions League.

The Celtic icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted as the Gers lost 2-1 to Malmo on Tuesday.

Rangers’ Champions League exit 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, has been linked with a move away from Ibrox almost since the first day he arrived.

On 26th June, Football Insider revealed Rangers have told Porto that they want £13million for their star striker and the latest from an Ibrox source is they could even accept a lower price in the final weeks of the window.

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McAvennie insists Morelos would be a huge loss to the Gers but his exit may be the best way to raise quick funds.

“No matter what he does, he is their talisman,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He’s the main man and he’s probably irreplaceable in that team.

“He makes them tick and I really think he is a vital cog in that machine.

“They can get a fee for him but whether they can use that to bring in someone else as good, I’m not sure.

“I’ve said all summer that he is one of the prime players to go and £13million is a steal.”

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

The first leg of that game will be held in a week’s time with the Gers see to find out their opponents on Thursday night.

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