By Ray Livingstone

15th Nov, 2019 | 4:45pm

Ibrox View: Ferguson spot on about Morelos, 'ridiculous' valuation not as crazy as it might look

Barry Ferguson has claimed that the Rangers hierarchy will be preparing to have that talk with Alfredo Morelos that will lead to a big-money move for the prolific striker.

In fact, he claims it might already have happened.

Morelos has already scored 22 goals across all competitions this season and it’s anyone’s guess what number he’s going to end up on.

Ferguson claims Morelos has sorted out the disciplinary issues that threatened to derail his career and said the “new improved’ striker could be worth £30m.

Morelos has only been booked three times in 26 games this season and just once in the Premiership, a significant improvement on recent campaigns.

Writing in the Daily Record, Ferguson said, “If he keeps going the way he is then I believe Rangers will end up getting a ridiculous transfer fee for him. How ridiculous depends on which clubs come in for him and also on how he performs between now and the end of the season.

“But let’s put it this way. Right now, if I was inviting offers for him on the open market my starting price would be £20million.

“People might question that valuation but they just need to take a look at the money changing hands in the English Championship. These guys are moving for between £15m and £20m and they’re playing in the second tier of the English game.

“Morelos is scoring goals against Porto and Young Boys in European football. He’s an international and is still only 23 years old which means he won’t even be reaching his peak for another three or four years.

“But what would be the point in taking that for him in January when you could be looking at £30m by the summer? Maybe even more.”

Ferguson is spot on here. Too often, clubs have looked at Scotland as a means of picking up players for less than their market value.

The longer Rangers stay in the Europa League and the more goals he scores against top opposition like Porto, the more his value goes up.

Think what a goal or more would do against Celtic in the League Cup final, especially if Rangers lift the cup.

Scoring against Celtic is the one thing left to do in his Rangers career, along with helping his side lift silverware.

Morelos moving on in the summer will be a big blow if it happens, but £20-£30m will buy Rangers a lot of alternatives.

In other Rangers news, No nasty surprises this January as Ross Wilson gives fans what they want to hear