Rangers fans might want to believe that Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos could be at Ibrox for the long-term, but the reality is the Gers will likely need to cash in on an asset soon.

Steven Gerrard deserves credit for bringing together a pool of developing talent and helping mould them into a squad of real assets which Rangers can command healthy fees for.

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Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is regularly heralded as the club’s biggest asset but in the long-term the Ibrox club will surely need to cash in on the forward. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The club’s latest accounts suggest the Board are bankrolling a title challenge [Rangers], but the time is almost upon us when one of those assets may need to cash a cheque.

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And if the Ibrox club do manage to secure that £20m price tag so often mooted for Alfredo Morelos – after reportedly rejecting a £16m Lille bid in the summer [Daily Mail] – is there a replacement striker within the Scottish Premiership the club could move for?

Kevin Nisbet, 23, moved to Hibs in the summer after a tug-of-war between the Easter Road side and their Edinburgh rivals Hearts.

The Scottish Premiership club won in the end with ex-Partick Thistle forward Nisbet moving to Leith after scoring an impressive 23 goals for Dunfermline Athletic last season.

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The forward has made a seamless transition to the Scottish Premiership and is the division’s highest-scoring striker, his wonderful first-time volley against Celtic the 8th strike of a productive season.

 

That goal – which proved decisive in a 2-2 draw with Neil Lennon’s side – also had Hibs boss Jack Ross suggesting the player could be called up to the Scotland squad on current form [Scottish Sun].

Nisbet might not be the most glamourous option when it comes to replacing our South American firebrand but Rangers could secure a cut-price deal for the capable forward who still has room to grow.

Anyone who has watched Kevin Nisbet this season will agree that the striker looks a talented option for Hibs, the striker potentially getting an Old Firm double had it not been for Jon McLaughlin’s outstretched hand in Rangers’ 2-2 draw at Easter Road in September.

Watching Nisbet, you can see why Rangers were reportedly watching the player at Dunfermline [Glasgow Times] and also understand why this season wasn’t the right one to take the plunge.

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In a transfer model of buying low, selling high and developing players in between, is there a better option in Scotland right now than Hibs striker Kevin Nisbet? (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

When Rangers do eventually decide to cash in on Alfredo Morelos, they’re now in a position where the likes of Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten can come in and take his place.

But when another striker berth does eventually open at Rangers, there’s a certainly a case to be made for Kevin Nisbet and a potential dream move to Ibrox.

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