By Noel Whelan

8th Jan, 2022 | 10:00am

Whelan issues '£25m' Rangers-Morelos claim after transfer update

Noel Whelan has suggested Rangers could still sell Alfredo Morelos for a big-money fee despite Nathan Patterson’s exit.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Gers are “no different to Celtic” in terms of buying and selling players for profit.

As revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday (5 January), Rangers will only be willing to discuss a deal for Morelos if a top-bracket offer is tabled.

They feel they do not need to sell after selling Patterson to Everton for an initial £12million.

The deal could rise to £16million with add-ons and bonuses.

However, Whelan suggested a £25million offer for Morelos would be “very hard” for Rangers to turn down.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think every player has their price. It’s no different for Morelos.

“If someone comes in with £25million, it would be very hard to turn down. Look, they’re giants in Scottish football and as a club in Europe.

“But at the same time, we’ve got to be realistic. This is what keeps him strengthening from year to year. This money that comes in from certain player that they’ve developed and made better.

“Maybe once a season, they’re going to lose two of their marquee players. Patterson was a player that wasn’t really in the first team, so they’re not really losing too much.

“It’s just like Celtic over the years. They’ve had some great players. They’ve had to sell them to keep themselves at the top of their division with the other players you bring in.”

Morelos has been a standout performer for Rangers once again this season.

He has scored six goals in eight appearances since Giovanni van Bronckhorst was appointed manager.

In other news, Alex McLeish claims Rangers are set to “sacrifice” millions of pounds after Ibrox update.