Alfredo Morelos could have an eye on playing in the Champions League for Rangers next season, according to Ibrox legend Barry Ferguson.
Morelos, 24, has hit a stunning run of form in recent weeks, suggesting he is back to his best after a slow first half of the season in which he struggled to consistently hassle defences and score goals.
Now, the Colombia international is firing on all cylinders with four goals and seven assists in his last five appearances in both the Premiership and Europa League.
He was strongly linked with a move away from Ibrox last summer and speculation is undoubtedly going to start up again ahead of the next transfer window.
However, although Ferguson has heard that Rangers need to move on players this summer in order to balance the books, he doesn’t think Morelos will be someone who’ll leave.
“I know Gerrard joked afterwards that Morelos enjoys playing in the Europa League because he knows clubs from all the biggest leagues will be watching him. I also know that Rangers will need to sell one or two of their biggest assets to keep the club financially stable moving forward,” Ferguson said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“But Morelos looks settled and highly motivated right now – I even saw a wee smile out of him the other night – and I actually wonder if he’s already got one eye on making a mark on next season’s Champions League.”
Huge if true
If Morelos stays on for another season then that would be remarkable.
Since joining Rangers from HJK Helsinki in 2017, Morelos has scored goal after goal, showing that he’s one of the most prolific goalscorers the Scottish Premiership has ever seen.
He’s netted 91 goals in 172 appearances across all competitions for the Gers and is very likely to hit the 100-goal mark before the end of this season with the club still competing in Europe, still with plenty of matches to play in the league and a Scottish Cup campaign which is yet to kick off.
Morelos may have had issues with discipline during his years at Ibrox but that has kind of made him a one-of-a-kind character who will be pretty much impossible to replace should he move on.
Rangers are more than likely going to have to move on a high-value player in the summer in order to ease their finances.
Will Morelos go? Ryan Kent, Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo, Ianis Hagi and James Tavernier are others who are bound to fetch a decent fee.
We don’t want to see anyone go.