By Jack Cunningham

5th Jul, 2021 | 10:40am

Mark Hateley believes that Rangers are ready to deal with Alfredo Morelos leaving

Mark Hateley has been speaking to the BBC about Alfredo Morelos’ future, and he believes that Rangers will be prepared if he leaves the club this summer.

There have been intense reports from Portugal that suggest that the 25-year-old is set to leave Ibrox and move to FC Porto, with the clubs apparently close to agreeing a fee [A Bola].

Morelos scored 17 goals for the Gers in all competitions last season, but Hateley, who is also a pundit for BBC Radio 5 Live, believes that his old club would be able to replace the Colombian and cope with his loss.

He said: “Rangers are at a stage now where they are prepared for every eventuality.

“They are always going to be proactive under this regime.

“If Alfredo leaves, there will be two or three targets identified already. If you can’t get A, you move on to B and C.”

Will Rangers have a plan in place?

Morelos was close to joining Lille in the last summer transfer window, but the Ligue 1 side couldn’t agree on a fee with the Gers, and he remained at Ibrox [Daily Mail].

However, since then, Rangers must have known that other clubs would be interested, so we would be very surprised if they haven’t lined up somebody else to come in and replace Morelos.

The Colombian has had a stellar time at Ibrox and has scored an impressive 94 goals, but you would think that if the Gers can make a good profit on him and re-invest it into the squad, then they would.

Of course, it remains to be seen if Rangers receive a bid from Porto or anyone else that matches their valuation of Morelos.

However, if a team does, we agree with Hateley that the Gers would probably have a few targets in mind, and they would replace the 2017 signing from HJK with minimal fuss.

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