By Jason Jones

28th Dec, 2019 | 12:20pm

'Vital' - McCoist drools over Rangers mainstay, makes January transfer claim

There’s no shame in admitting that Rangers would probably in a much worse position than they are without the interventions of Alfredo Morelos this season. 

The South American has already hit 28 goals in all competitions, and his worth was proven once again on Boxing Day when he came off the bench to net the winner against Kilmarnock and keep his side within touching distance of league leaders Celtic.

And pundit Ally McCoist is under no illusions as to how important the 23-year-old is for his side.

Comparing him to Hoops striker Odsonne Edouard in an interview with Sky Sports, he said: “They are vital to both teams. Looking at the squads I think ‘reliant’ is not the right word, but Rangers really need Morelos’ performances and goals.

“I think Rangers have been enjoying the success of Morelos playing very, very well. Both players are vital for their teams but probably more so Morelos for me.

“I heard Steven [Gerrard] say there is no way Morelos would be leaving in the January window and I think every Rangers supporter hopes and prays that that is the case.”

And McCoist is absolutely bang on here.

Morelos is said to be attracting attention from far and wide, with sides such as Everton understood to be keeping tabs on him, as per Football Insider.

But there is no way that he can be allowed to leave in January.

So far this term he has averaged a goal every 80 minutes, as per Transfermarkt.

That’s not just absurd, it’s bordering on superhuman.

Sure, he might fetch a pretty penny, but the argument here is that you can’t put a price tag on a first league title since 2011.

There’s no guarantee that keeping Morelos will maker that happen, of course, but it makes the chances a whole lot more likely.

In other news, Chris Sutton singles out Rangers 27-year-old who must ‘Show up’ v Celtic.