By Azeem Siddiqui

1st Jul, 2022 | 9:45pm

Barry Ferguson remains optimistic of Alfredo Morelos of extending Rangers stay

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson believes that there is still a strong possibility of striker Alfredo Morelos extending his stay at the club.

The Columbia international has been linked with a move away from the Ibrox Stadium as he is entering the final year of his contract in the 2022-23 season.

Ferguson, while talking to Go Radio as quoted by the Daily Record, suggested that Morelos can stay with the Gers because he is “loved” by the club supporters.

“For me when he (Morelos) is fit, and he is at it, he is a top striker,” he said. “For me, don’t be surprised if he signs an extension, because he is loved at Rangers.

“When you have got him in the right frame of mind he is a top striker. I think if you ask any team in the Scottish league, or in Europe that Rangers played, they wouldn’t have wanted to face him.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Morelos signs because you just see he is enjoying his football.”

Crucial player

Morelos remains a key player for Rangers even since joining them in the summer of 2017 from HJK Helsinki in a deal worth just £1.08 million.

Since then, he has represented his current club in 135 matches across all competitions where he has managed to score 66 goals and provide 28 assists [Transfermarkt].

In the previous campaign, Morelos was prolific in front of the goal as he netted 19 times and provided eight assists in 42 matches across all competitions.

With the Rangers looking to build on a successful campaign, it is imperative that they keep hold of their important players to ensure that they have what it takes to improve their performances in the upcoming season.

Therefore, the club supporters will be hoping that manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst and other top-tier officials will do enough to ensure that the Cereté-born striker will remain at the club beyond the 2022-23 seasons.

In other Rangers news, the Bears have beaten off competition from Manchester City and Celtic to sign this highly-rated Scottish teenager.