By Kealan Hughes

24th Mar, 2021 | 6:40pm

Ian Durrant claim that Alfredo Morelos owes Rangers is spot on

Alfredo Morelos should stay at Rangers beyond the transfer window as a show of loyalty to the club, says Ian Durrant.

The pundit suggests Morelos owes Gers due to the way both the club and Steven Gerrard have stuck by him over the last few years despite the Scotsman recently reporting that he’s likely to attract attention in the summer window.

There have been numerous times when Morelos has let down his teammates so we are supportive of Durrant’s perspective.

Remember the two visits to Parkhead in 2019, or the countless other times the forward picked up a red card? Usually for a show of indiscipline.

In total, he has been sent off seven times since arriving at Ibrox and undoubtedly cost us points in those games and resulting matches where we were weakened through his absence.

There is no doubting Morelos’ ability but Gerrard has done wonders for his temperament and the Colombian should pay back his manager’s show of loyalty.

Durrant had this to say on the matter, as quoted by the Daily Record, “I hate going on about it because I think he’s been a fantastic £1m buy, but he owes Rangers a wee bit. They stuck by him when it was all flying about, and the manager protected him.

“He’s now got a young family in Scotland. You’ve got to think now you’re winning things, with a fantastic manager, and once we get the crowds back I think we might just get the lure of keeping Alfredo.

“That wee chalice of the Champions League, if he goes to another club he might not get the Champions League.”

There is an argument to be made that Morelos knuckled down and gave his all for the team despite missing out on a move to Lille last summer.

We are grateful for that, but the club is in a different position now.

As Durrant rightly points out, we will be able to offer the 24-year-old his first opportunity to play in the Champions League football next season.

He is guaranteed to play too, given his importance to the team – he may not get that at Lille or elsewhere.

Like Gerrard, many supporters have also stuck by Morelos and defended him from criticism from other fans or pundits.

They too will likely feel Morelos owes them something and the least he can do is play in front of a packed-out Ibrox before he’s gone for good.

Many fans will hope he stays but it seems as though the decision will ultimately rest with Morelos.

In other Rangers news, another Gers star is eyeing a summer exit as Serie A and Premier League clubs watch ace.