Alfredo Morelos has just signed his third new contract at Rangers within the space of a year.
But out of the three, none have been quite so significant. Without knowing the inner workings of the deal – other than the fact it adds an extra year onto his previous (to 2023) – it comes at an important time.
Alfredo Morelos has been the subject of transfer talk from Medellin to Manchester and is turning heads across Europe. Rangers have just signed up one hell of an asset at a time when his stock is rising with every passing game.
I say all this with a reminder for many Rangers fans to also take a step back. He’s a hero to the Rangers faithful and many see the player’s destiny eventually taking him to the upper echelons of football. If not all the way, at least far enough for people to notice him.
Morelos attracting interest from across Europe
Reported interest from the Premier League and the Bundesliga has only peaked people’s interest. Links to Rodgers’ Leicester were eventually rubbished by the former Celtic boss, but Sky Sports pertain Dortmund are monitoring the player.
The Daily Express reported that Eintracht Frankfurt are sending scouts to Easter Road to watch him. The Colombian is also very highly rated in his homeland – a local journalist told me they value him at 20-30m euros.
But whilst all of this is exciting, Morelos is far from the finished article. He can still be wasteful – even if he has banged in 28 goals from open play this year. And his much-maligned temperament remains painfully overly scrutinised in Scotland.
Right now, Rangers are allowing him to develop. He gets to play and is encouraged to weed these things out of his game. As much as Morelos is great for us, we’re great for Morelos.
Club has signed up an international talent
By signing up what is clearly a multi-talented forward player Rangers have played a blinder. As long as he keeps scoring goals he’ll attract interest – that’s going nowhere. But the ball is now in Rangers’ court.
Morelos played with his homeland last year, and is aiming for a regular place. With a Copa America on the horizon, his stock would surely rise even further with a call-up and a good showing at a major international tournament. To get that he needs to play well at Rangers. H
The best thing is, he’s only 22. If he feels Rangers is the right place for him right now, signing on for another year is very much doable at this stage in his career.
Whilst a new contract might not stop sides from being interested, it certainly shows Rangers are serious about wanting big bucks for the player.
It also shows Alfredo Morelos’ determination, commitment and desire to make sure they get it. He clearly feels very highly valued at Ibrox.