Key Rangers star Alfredo Morelos might not have hit the heights of previous campaigns so far this season, but the striker has praised the support and hinted at a longer-term Ibrox stay.
The 25-year-old Colombian forward is in his fifth year at Ibrox and is within one goal of becoming the first South American to score 100 goals for the club.
This achievement highlights the scale of Morelos’ contribution to Rangers over the years and if there is anyone so deserving of it in the modern era, it’s El Bufalo.
But Morelos’ time in Glasgow has always been undermined by persistent exit reports and soundbites regarding a potential Ibrox exit.
Everyone from FC Porto to Newcastle United have been linked in the past and Morelos has made no bones about his ambitions to play at a higher level.
However, in new comments made to media in his homeland Alfie has suggested that his time in Glasgow may be some distance from being over and done with.
“Rangers fans are loyal fans who support us everywhere we play,” said Morelos [Futboleros con la FAM].
“That feeling of knowing fans travelled to other countries, far away from Glasgow, is wonderful.
“I feel that unconditional support, they love me a lot, they cheer my name at every game in every stadium.
“As a player, this motivates me to keep working, keep playing well and to want to stay playing there for years to come.”
New Rangers contract and longer stay on the horizon for Alfredo Morelos?
These comments will be music to the ears of Rangers fans and suggest that Alfie may well be willing to sign on the dotted line at Ibrox.
The player’s contract expires in 18 months and if the Gers cannot agree terms on a new deal, then it’s likely Alfie will be moved on in January or the summer.
Unfortunately for Rangers, it appears unlikely that the club would be able to recoup the £20m the Colombian was once valued at during the peak of his Ibrox powers.
But if Rangers can get him to agree terms on a new deal then this figure certainly becomes more attainable as the conversation persists around the player’s future.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was talking about the player’s form ahead of the clash with Brondby and challenged the player to add more goals to his game this season.