Sevilla-linked Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has been a box office player for the Ibrox club and should the latest exit reports be realised, his are big boots to fill.

The Colombian striker is out of contract come the end of the season and a combination of his six-year Glasgow stint, high wage demands and a downturn in form have plenty of doubts surrounding a new deal.

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The reality is that whilst El Bufalo is a top player on his day and has been a major force in the re-establishment of Rangers at the top level, the striker has been routinely unreliable.

Both Steven Gerrard and Giovanni van Bronckhorst banished the striker from matchday squads, whilst fans have been let down time and again by fitness issues which have hampered his time in Glasgow.

But even amid all the red cards and the scowling, Rangers fans have never been able to resist the charm of their mercurial striker, even if an exit seemingly beckons.

Alfredo Morelos linked to Sevilla

The latest reports suggest long-term suitors Sevilla have struck a deal with Alfredo Morelos heading into the final months of his Rangers contract, with the jig seemingly up once and for all.

Couple this with Michael Beale claiming the striker is unhappy at being usurped for Antonio Colak in the sole striking berth, and suddenly the writing on the wall hasn’t been etched in a sharpie but rather a can of spray paint.

Links to Sevilla also make sense given the club’s historical association with Colombian strikers.

After signing Carlos Bacca from Club Brugge in 2013 – a player very much in the Alfredo Morelos mould – the La Liga outfit went on to bank a cool £26.5m (€30m) from his sale to AC Milan two years later.

Luis Muriel would then break the Sevilla transfer record a couple of years later when they signed him for from Sampdoria for a fee of €20m (£17.6m) but a return to Italy and Atalanta on a similar deal followed only a few years later.

Perhaps now the Spanish outfit are ready to take another plunge on a Colombian forward with Sevilla and Alfredo Morelos seemingly a good fit and the reports now intensifying via Vamos Sevilla.

But should the links come to fruition, then it’ll be the end of an era at Rangers for the club’s stand-out and most iconic player since the events of 2012.

A true Ibrox icon and officially the club’s all-time European record goalscorer – his 22 goals catapulting Rangers from Progres Niederkorn to the Europa League Final – the momentum might be towards the exit door but we’ll surely miss him when he’s gone.

The question will then turn to who Rangers sign to replace the firebrand Colombian, with no guarantee they’ll ever be taken to so warmly by the adoring Ibrox support.

Meanwhile, Todd Cantwell continues to impress.

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