Rangers legend Derek Johnstone believes the last thing Gers boss Steven Gerrard needs is an unhappy player at Ibrox – as speculation swirls over Alfredo Morelos’ future.
The Colombian striker has been linked with moves to Turkey and China and Johnstone believes if Morelos doesn’t see his future at Ibrox then Gerrard needs to sell him.
The 21-year-old finished as the Gers joint-top goalscorer last season but Johnstone thinks the Gers need to “cash in” in case the striker’s value drops.
“When he sits down with Morelos, he will want to know where his mind is at and where he sees himself next season and beyond,” Johnstone said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“Does he want to be here or does he not? If Morelos is humming and hawing, if he says he wants to play in England or abroad, then Rangers should sell him.
“The last thing you need, and I am sure the last thing the managers wants, is somebody that is not happy and that you won’t get anything out of.
“In that situation, if there is money on the table then you have to cash in. What if he stays, doesn’t perform and his value drops”
Football Insider verdict:
Until the Light Blues bring a new striker into the club then selling Morelos would be a massive mistake. If Gerrard can bring in someone who is going to be a straight replacement for the Colombian then it won’t be a surprise to see Morelos sold before the transfer window closes. If Morelos wants to stay at Ibrox though it could be a real benefit to the Gers long-term and see the 21-year-old develop into a genuinely quality striker. Morelos has been prolific for both the Gers and at HJK Helsinki and as he gets better players around him he should only continue to improve. With the Gers returning for pre-season on Friday, the Light Blues will have a better idea of where Morelos’ future lies once he sits down with Gerrard in the coming days. If he does signal he wants to leave then the Light Blues may move for a replacement quickly.
aIn other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.