Rangers face a huge battle to stave off Premier League clubs ready to go “all out” to sign Alfredo Morelos in the January window.

That is the verdict of ex-Aberdeen, Livingston and Dunfermline Athletic striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the prolific striker’s future.

Morelos is attracting strong interest from south of the border after banging in 20 goals from 24 appearances by the first week of November in a stunning start to the campaign.

Football Insider revealed yesterday that Rangers value Morelos at £25million, the same Scottish-record fee Celtic secured for Kieran Tierney when he joined Arsenal in the summer.

“Premier League clubs have the money to make Rangers an offer they can’t refuse for Morelos,” Whelan told Football Insider. “You look at teams like Crystal Palace and Aston Villa and they might go all out to get this player, offer £20m or something like that.

“A regular scorer can be the difference between staying in the Premier League and relegation, and it’s clear to see that Morelos is a top talent who can score at the highest level.

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“Rangers could face a major battle on their hands, especially if Morelos’ head gets turned. Steven Gerrard will be hoping the January window closes pretty sharpish.”

Morelos, 23, has thrived this season after cutting out the disciplinary issues that had ruined his first two seasons in Scotland.

He was sent off five times last season, but has received just five bookings in the new campaign following strong criticism from Steven Gerrard of his 2018-19 conduct.

He signed a new contract in March that runs until March 2023.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that Gerrard pal has shared his concern over the future of Ryan Kent at Ibrox.