Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has claimed that Alfredo Morelos interest will lead to nothing for potential suitors.
It’s been a run-up to January where the main talking-point has been who Rangers will sign as a third striker. Several big names are currently in the pipeline, with the focus very much on improving the squad.
That’s a far cry from last season, when Rangers had to fend off interest from China in their star-striker Morelos. Reports of a £9million bid being rejected was the main talk of last year’s window.
The Colombian has this season kicked on well with a further 17 goals before Christmas. It’s a sensational return from Scotland’s top goalscorer, and interest is sure to resume over the course of January.
McAllister, however, has said there’s no worries from either he or Steven Gerrard that he’ll be sold.
“There will probably be interest in Morelos.
“But if we’re sat where we are in the table when we come to the end of the month, selling him can’t be a consideration.
“The manager has said he will fall out with people if Morelos is sold. It’s the same feeling here. He is a key player for this group.”
Remember to keep the best players
Due to the fact there’s been so much interest in several different forwards, it’s easy to forget the importance of keeping your best players. Rangers, in the past, have had to accept cheap offers for star-men, but that can’t be the same now.
Supporters only have to look back to last season to see just how keen the club are on keeping Morelos. Similar offers may or may not come next month, but it’s essential Rangers thwart any that do.
Without Morelos, regardless of how much money Rangers rake in, the club are in trouble. Selling their top-striker offers no guarantees of a successful replacement, and Rangers have a huge opportunity at this stage of the season.
The club can see Celtic in their sights, and can’t allow this opportunity to slip through their grasp. Fortunately, there’s extreme confidence in both the manager and assistant manager that they can keep Morelos firmly rooted at Ibrox.
The Colombian signed a new deal back in September, tying him to Ibrox until 2022. Hopefully for Rangers, that will be enough to seal his future at Ibrox.