By George Overhill

24th Jun, 2022 | 10:10am

Barry Ferguson predicts 'huge twist' at Rangers with Alfredo Morelos

Rangers will be willing to “push the boat” in order to get Alfredo Morelos to follow Connor Goldson in signing a new deal says Barry Ferguson.

A report from El Chiringuito TV in Spain suggested Sevilla had bid €8million for the Colombian, who they claimed “liked the option” of the move, although this offer has since been disputed by reports in Scotland.

The 4th Official subsequently reported that the Gers “definitely want to” sign the striker to a new deal, and former Ibrox captain Ferguson is hopeful that the 26-year-old doesn’t emulate his own mistake in leaving and does remain, after centre-back Goldson shocked fans with a four-year extension just as he was expected to leave on 1 June.

Ferguson wrote in his Daily Record column: “Trust me, I also know a thing or two about how hard it is to leave a club like Rangers – having made one of the biggest mistakes of my life when I thought the grass might be greener playing in England’s Premier League with Blackburn Rovers.

“It wasn’t. And it took me less than two weeks down the road to realise how wrong I was. I wouldn’t like to see Alfredo making the same mistake that I did all those years ago and I just have this funny feeling in the pit of my stomach that there might be a huge twist coming in his tale.

“Even at this late stage in the day, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Rangers catching everyone by surprise and announcing that their star striker has put pen to paper on a contract extension.

“They did it with Connor Goldson when it looked for all the world as if the Englishman was on his way out. And I can’t help but think Morelos might be in the exact same boat.

“I’m sure Rangers would be willing to push the boat for him in terms of what they would be prepared to offer and even if they can’t match what’s on offer in the big leagues, it’ll still be more than enough to make him a very wealthy young man.”

Precident

After the surprise of the Goldson news at the start of the month it is impossible to put it past the club to keep another senior star around.

A whole-scale exodus from Ibrox was feared as the 2021/22 season headed for its conclusion but so far that has not been the case.

Interest remains in a host of key performers, including Calvin Bassey, Joe Aribo and Morelos, so there is a long way to go but bids have been scarce so far.

Even 40-year-old Allan McGregor has signed up for another year when it was looking increasingly like he was set to retire.

Although the SPFL title was claimed by Old Firm rivals Celtic last year it feels as if the Scottish Cup win and the memorable run to the Europa League final has created a bond between the players and the club stronger even than before.

If Ferguson is right and El Bufalo signs a new contract it would be the biggest boost yet in a summer that has already provided some unexpected ones.

In other Rangers news, the club is battling some familiar foes in the race to sign a sensational talent from England.