By Jason Jones

1st Dec, 2019 | 12:57pm

'Should be locked up' - Davie Provan makes £40m claim about Rangers ace

Davie Provan has claimed that anybody who doesn’t believe that Rangers would accept a £40 million bid for star man Alfredo Morelos “should be locked up”.

Earlier in the week Dave King made the bold assertion that the Colombian hitman wasn’t going anywhere, and that he would turn down that massive fee were it to be offered, as per The Scottish Sun.

But Provan isn’t having any of it, writing in his own column for the same outlet: “Listen, I get the euphoria. Ten minutes ago, Rangers were running out at Peterhead in the bottom division.

“They’ve come a long way since and the heat they’re putting on Celtic is a godsend to a league that had lost credibility.

“But anyone believing Gers could blank a £40m bid for Morelos should be locked up. This is a business still relying on directors’ handouts to keep going.”

You’ve got to fear that he’s right.

£40 million, if it was ever to materialise, is a ridiculous amount of money, especially given the historical tendency for players in Scotland to be worth less.

It wasn’t overly long ago that the Gers were in dire straits, and while things are obviously on the up and up, it would take real mettle for those in charge of the pursestrings to turn down that kind of nest egg.

What’s more, it’s not entirely out of the realms of possibility.

This is a striker who has hit 24 goals in 27 games so far this season at a rate of one every 75 minutes, as per Transfermarkt.

That’s almost superhuman, and it’s been enough for pundits like Martin Keown to take serious notice, with the ex-England international telling BT Sport, as per the Scottish Sun, that he’s worth at least £35 million.

Whatever the price tag, we just have to hope that King is true to his word, because replacing Morelos would be all but impossible.