By Doug Ward

21st Apr, 2021 | 3:23pm

Alfredo Morelos wants to stay at Rangers regardless of new contract talks

Alfredo Morelos wants to stay at Rangers after the end of this season regardless of how his current contract talks go with Ross Wilson, according to The 4th Official.

The report claims that Morelos’ improvement in recent months has led to the Colombian goal machine wanting to stay put at Ibrox despite him being strongly linked with a move to Lille last year.

The 4th Official’s story adds: “I was given the information that Alfredo Morelos is currently negotiating a new deal (his current one expires in 2023) with Ross Wilson. While that is still ongoing, and no matter how negotiations go, the forward wants to stay on at Rangers next season as he feels he has a ‘challenge of Champions League to complete with Rangers’.”

Please be true

Morelos hasn’t been at his best for a lot of this season but in the past few months, he’s been unplayable at times.

The Colombian has scored what was basically the title-winner versus Livingston, had absolute worldies in both legs against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League and netted his first Old Firm goal.

Morelos has 16 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions this season and that doesn’t look great for someone who we rate and value so highly.

But in the first half of the campaign, he really struggled and the ex-HJK striker’s role sees him link-up with fellow attackers more than ever.

Morelos has 12 assists in total this season, which is a massive number for a centre-forward.

We scored nine goals over two legs against Royal Antwerp and Morelos scored just one of them but he still played a major role in almost all of the other ones.

If we keep Morelos, it would be massive.

However, Rangers do have to sell someone this summer to help balance the books and we assumed it might have been Morelos to go.

Our other high-value players include Ryan Kent, Glen Kamara and potentiall James Tavernier above all others.

We don’t want anyone to go.

In other Rangers news, Steven Pressley has predicted the score against St Johnstone on Wednesday.