Former Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso admits that it will be “hard” for the Gers to keep Alfredo Morelos in Scotland much longer – and predicts his former Ibrox team-mate will be gone within 12 months.

Morelos has been subject to near-constant speculation over his Gers future for a couple of years now, with Cardoso lauding the improvements made by the Colombian during his time at the club.

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With his phenomenal goal record, the Portuguese ace believes that El Bufalo’s time at Ibrox is drawing to a close whether Rangers want to keep him or not.

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“It will be hard for Rangers to keep Alfredo for much longer,” Cardoso told the Sunday Mail.

“He’s done very well there, he’s a goal machine. He’s a physical player who has improved a lot in Scotland.

“He has worked hard to improve and be smarter on the pitch.

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“But if I had to make a prediction, I’d say that Alfredo will move in the next year.”

Both players arrived at Ibrox under Pedro Caixinha in the summer of 2017, with Cardoso heading back to Portugal 12 months later.

Morelos, meanwhile, has gone from strength to strength and wrote his name in the club’s history books by overtaking Ally McCoist as the club’s all-time record European goalscorer.

Few would be surprised to see Morelos move on before too long though and the club need to maximise what they get back for the Colombian international when he does leave.

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