Rangers legend Barry Ferguson insists that the double signing of Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten isn’t necessarily the end of Alfredo Morelos at Ibrox – but admits the Colombian has “got to be fair to everyone” when it comes to his future.
The Gers wrapped up the double deal earlier in the week, ostensibly opening the door for Morelos’ departure but Ferguson isn’t convinced that El Bufalo’s exit is a surefire thing.
The ex-Ibrox skipper warned the striker that he’s got to do what’s right for everyone and “can’t be selfish” if his focus isn’t on football.
“Top teams win nothing without competition for places and the speed at which Rangers have acted to bring in their two new boys is a reminder they know exactly how significant the coming months will be,” Ferguson told the Daily Record.
“I don’t believe the arrival of Itten and Roofe automatically suggests that Rangers are ready to move Morelos on.
“They’ve always been adamant the deal must be right but the speculation can’t be allowed to go on and on. It seems, at times, Steven has done nothing over these last two years but field questions on Morelos, his future, temperament and his discipline.
“However, he knows the score. Scottish football is, in many ways, a development league.
“I don’t believe the constant headlines surrounding Morelos will force the manager’s hand but he will be aware of the need for the focus of his team to be on football alone.
“Alfredo, for his part, can’t be selfish about this. He’s got to be fair to everyone and then everything can settle and move on – whether that’s with the player still a motivated part of the squad, or delivering goals for another club elsewhere.”
Speculation over Morelos’ future continues to rage and the Colombian could find himself sidelined tomorrow when Rangers face St. Mirren at Ibrox.
Morelos put in a disappointing shift on Thursday night against Bayer Leverkusen and Gerrard has Itten champing at the bit waiting for his debut.
Whether the defeat by Leverkusen proves to be Morelos’ last appearance or not remains to be seen – but it looks a lot more likely than it did seven days ago.