By Sam Stone

6th Jul, 2022 | 4:40pm

Kenny Miller: Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos should help secure Champions League qualification before potential exit

Kenny Miller believes that despite “holding all the cards” regarding his future, Alfredo Morelos should remain at Ibrox to help secure Champions League qualification for Rangers.

Morelos is currently entering the final year of his Gers contract which would mean he could leave for free in the summer of 2023.

Despite the club failing to agree on new terms with the Colombian, former Gers striker Miller believes he should stay at Ibrox until after their Champions League qualifiers have taken place.

“Keeping Alfredo at the club for the Champions League qualifiers is so crucial,” Miller told Sky Sports on Wednesday 6 July.

He added: “Even if he was to stay to help Rangers get into the Champions League group stages and then move on I think you could accept that.

“Everyone at the football club wants him to stay but Alfredo holds all the cards on that one.”

Can’t lose him for free

Regardless of Rangers’ Champions League hopes, they cannot afford to lose the 25-year-old striker for free when his contract expires next summer.

Sky Sports reported (6 July) that Rangers are in advanced negotiations with Southampton over the sale of Joe Aribo with the Gers set to pocket £10million for the Nigerian international.

Aribo was in a similar contract situation to Morelos and the Gers have done well to secure a decent fee for the 25-year-old.

If the Gers can muster a similar deal for the Colombian then they should seriously consider moving Morelos on this summer.

Keeping him at the club to help the Gers in their Champions League qualification campaign is short-term thinking that would hinder the club’s long-term ambitions.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst needs to be backed and given time to find an adequate replacement for Morelos should he depart Ibrox.

Letting the striker depart later on in the window will make life hard for the Rangers boss.

In other Rangers news, contract talks with a key player have hit a new impasse with a summer exit now on the cards.