Gordon Smith wants Rangers to sell 'Inconsistent' Alfredo Morelos this summer
Rangers should cash in on Alfredo Morelos and reinvest the money in a new striker, according to Ibrox hero Gordon Smith on the Record Rangers podcast.
The 66-year-old was a firm favourite with supporters during his playing days, scoring 35 goals in 98 appearances between 1977-80, and he later became director of football and assistant manager to Ally McCoist.
Speaking on the Record Rangers podcast [19/05/21], Smith spoke out on why he would sell current Gers favourite Morelos.
“He’s done pretty well but in terms of the money they’ve been talking about, if it was me making the decision I would sell him and take the money,” Smith said.
“He’s done a reasonable job but he’s inconsistent in a lot of respects and he needs to come on a little bit and be more consistent in terms of the role he plays.
“I still think [Jermain] Defoe is a better player if he was younger.”
Record Rangers host Gavin Berry enquired, “So if you could take £20milllion for Morelos you would take that and reinvest?”
Smit: “Yeah, I would definitely use the money to buy another striker, even in the English game you’re not going to buy another top striker for £20million, that’s the bottom line.
“The scouting has to be the factor, we have to find somebody who is on the up and up and someone who is improving all the time.”
We want more
This applies on two fronts – we want the Colombian to stay so we can witness more Morelos magic at Ibrox, while we would also want a higher fee than the £20million quoted if he was to be sold.
We’re not suggesting he would fetch for £30-40million, but even if we can hike the price up to £25million that would seem fairer and would bring in significant funds to the club.
Five million may not seem like much in the modern game but in Scottish football and to our club, it could be massive.
We’ve seen the success Steven Gerrard has had unearthing gems for minuscule amounts, like Glen Kamara from Dundee, and extracting as much as possible from Morelos’ departure could allow him to make similar moves.
But we still feel like the 24-year-old has unfinished business in Glasgow.
A Champions League campaign beckons next season and with his success in Europe, he could be vital to our progression in that competition.
Then perhaps we could be talking about a £30million player by the end of next season.
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