Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has sent an emphatic transfer message as speculation continues over Alfredo Morelos’ Ibrox future – insisting that Gers board aren’t putting him under any pressure to sell.
Lille have admitted a desire to sign the Colombian, with a fee of £17million mooted and West Brom also reportedly interested, but Gerrard is adamant he has control over who stays and who leaves.
The Ibrox boss did admit there would be a “collective decision” if and when bids come in but is confident he shares the same vision of the club’s future as the board.
“It is in my hands and it is in my control,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“But it will be a collective decision when we sit down to analyse any bids that we receive for any player.
“But what I can assure you is that the board are not pushing anyone out the door or putting me under pressure to sell.
“At a club like Rangers, I think you’ve always got to be prepared if someone does leave to be able to replace them.
“One thing that is for sure is that since I walked in the door, the board have always been on the same page in terms of trying to make this 11 and this squad as strong as we can to compete. I don’t think that’ll change.”
Any deal to sell Morelos would easily garner a club record fee but with the season getting underway in a few hours and the Gers having no realistic long-term replacement, the loss of the Colombian will be massive.
It seems almost certain that El Bufalo will start at Pittodrie this afternoon though so Rangers certainly can’t be accused of wrapping him in cotton wool (unless of course he doesn’t start and the accusation can be fairly levelled at them).
While there’s been plenty of hits and misses with the players who have arrived under Gerrard’s watch, it is reassuring that he isn’t being pushed to cash in on the club’s best players to recoup the losses made on duds like Eros Grezda.