By Joe Ellis

22nd Jun, 2022 | 10:40am

Marco Negri urges Alfredo Morelos to stay at Rangers after 'regrets' of his own

Giovanni van Bronckhorst still doesn’t know who his starting striker will be for Rangers when the first game of the 2022-23 season rolls around.

Kemar Roofe does not possess the ability necessary to lead the line for the Light Blues and Alfredo Morelos’ future at the club is far from certain, and that’s before we talk about their respective injuries at the end of the 2021-22 campaign.

Morelos only has one year left on his current deal at Ibrox but former Bears hero Marco Negri has urged the Colombian to properly consider whether he wants to leave the club or not.

“Looking back I can say I made a few mistakes, I have some regrets but a lot of joy and great memories,” Negri said to the Daily Record.

“Playing for Rangers was absolutely the highest point of my career – and I’m sure Alfredo will say the same when he finally retires.

“The club cannot afford to lose a big player like Morelos on a free transfer, but Alfredo has to realise what is the best for his development. Sometimes players can think other clubs are better.

“But if you are settled in a city, loved by millions of fans, get on with your teammates and play for one of the most successful clubs in the world, I don’t think a striker can want more.

“I really hope Morelos will stay and deliver more goals and trophies for Rangers. I really like him. I think he was the man the team missed so much at the end of the season. Without him, Rangers lost a lot of power up front.

“If Alfredo had been on the pitch, the Europa League final in Seville might have gone another way.”

Up to him

We no longer have any control over what happens now with the 25-year-old and that is a rather scary place to be in for Ross Wilson and van Bronckhorst.

We will have put a contract offer in front of him already but only he can put his signature on that piece of paper and if he doesn’t want to stay, he’s not going to.

His decision now is whether he wants to try and become a certified club legend here at Rangers or if he’d rather move elsewhere to experience a new footballing tradition (while earning a healthy paycheck too).

Regardless of his decision, van Bronckhorst needs to get into the transfer market as soon as possible to buy another number nine because neither the Colombian nor Roofe can be trusted to remain fit and the last thing we need is for Joe Aribo to play as a false nine again.

In other Rangers news, one of our rarely-seen goalkeepers is ready to force an exit from Glasgow having been left disillusioned by the club after certain assurances were broken.