Noel Whelan has suggested that Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos needs to perform at a higher standard in European matches if he is to earn a “big money” move away from Ibrox this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker claimed that the 23-year-old hitman must learn how to stamp his authority onto bigger games more effectively.
The Colombian drew another blank against Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League on Thursday night, leaving him with just one goal in all competitions since the winter break.
And Whelan believes that stat has to change quickly if he is to impress potential suitors.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I think for Morelos, it’s a strange one.
“Yes, you’re not getting the support, yes, you’re getting frustrated, but at the same time, people are going to be paying big money for that player, maybe, in the summer. He’s going to have to do it in Europe.
“If he can’t stamp his mark on games in these competitions, other teams will be looking at that.
“They want players who can be playing at the highest level.”
Morelos was linked with a potential exit from Glasgow back in January, with Football Insider revealing that both Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur were keen to make a move for the South American marksman.
The striker’s form has dipped dramatically since then, however, and he has been stuck on 29 goals for the season since finding the back of the net in a Scottish Cup victory over Hamilton back in February.
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