As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Steven Gerrard has revealed contingency plans are in place in case he loses a key player during the closing stages of the transfer window.
Having scored nine goals in nine appearances so far this season, Alfredo Morelos is bound to be attracting attention.
The Colombian striker is rated at a far too low, £6.75m by Transfermarkt, and although he’s contracted until 2023, the manager admits it’d be up to the board to decide if and when a big offer comes in.
“It would depend on what comes from above, what their opinion is on it,” said Gerrard, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “At the end of the day, it’s their money. The players are owned by the board.”
“I want to keep as many good players as I can, but I’m not stupid.”
Gerrard admits Rangers staff have their eye on replacements
It would be nothing short of disastrous if El Bufalo left the club at this stage. However, by the sounds of things, at least the Gers are primed to move for a replacement, should those fears be realised.
“There are always worst-case scenarios,” Gerrard continued. “The morning after we came back from Poland we were watching clips of players, just in case.”
Losing Alfredo Morelos at this stage in the window would make it infinitely harder to win a 55th top-flight title.
While Jermain Defoe has also started the season in good form, the Colombian remains this side’s talisman in attack.
He’s a focal point and proven goalscorer, who would prove extremely difficult to replace. He’s only rivalled in importance by the captain, James Tavernier.
With just about a week left in the window, it’s vital that both stars are retained. Gerrard may have looked at clips featuring potential replacements, but however tempting, the board must think about the club’s onfield ambitions if and when offers land.
This could prove a make or break few days for Rangers’ 2019/20 season.