With one eye on the impending transfer window, the Newcastle Chronicle has penned a feature piece analysing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.
The Colombian firebrand has repeatedly talked about his dream to play in the Premier League with Newcastle United in need of a new striker.
But whilst talk of a prospective deal might sound interesting from a Toon Army point of view, the report misses the most salient point – Mike Ashley.
The much-maligned Newcastle United owner and High Street retail magnate was in the press again this week apologising for trying to keep Sports Direct stores open during the coronavirus outbreak.
More than that Sports Direct aimed to capitalise on the situation by raising prices on goods the group claimed made their staying open essential.
If that wasn’t questionable enough Ashley also risked the ire of the Newcastle United Supporters trust by taking season ticket renewal cash from unprepared fans’ bank accounts [NUST].
Whilst all of this might be justification enough for many football clubs not dealing with Ashley, Rangers have even more reason than most.
The Ibrox club is still embroiled in a bitter legal battle with the businessman which continues to hamper and impact the club’s retail operations.
The situation is so bad that outgoing chairman Dave King named the Sports Direct boss directly in his exit speech at the club’s AGM, pledging to stay on board until this situation meets a suitable resolution [Rangers].
The suggestion the Rangers board would work with Ashley concerning Alfredo Morelos feels about as likely as Dave King and the Sports Direct boss abseiling hand-in-hand down the Broomloan.
Whilst there’s nothing wrong with a Newcastle newspaper musing over the Magpies transfer window amid the shutdown, it is difficult to see Rangers dealing with anyone at St. James’ Park.