By George Overhill

5th Aug, 2022 | 5:00pm

Rangers star Alfredo Morelos part-owned by Independiente Medellin claims chief, FA rules forbid

Independiente Medellin still hold part of Rangers star Alfredo Morelos’ rights, the Colombian side’s chief Daniel Ossa Giraldo has claimed.

A report in the Daily Record says that the club which the 26-year-old striker left six years ago to join HJK, initially on loan, are part owners of him and should he be transferred it could cost the Light Blues a hefty fee, based on the words of their president.

El Bufalo has been out injured since late last season but is nearing a return to action, and is in talks with the club over a new contract.

Having been signed for £1million from Finland the forward has gone on to score 113 goals in 224 appearances, while playing a starring role in the 55th Scottish Premiership title win.

But Giraldo says he hasn’t been 100% a Bears player the whole time, as he claims, via the Daily Record: “With regards to Alfredo Morelos, I can tell you that we still hold a significant percentage of the player’s rights. It is around 14 per cent which will be due to us when he is transferred from Rangers.”

Nonsense

It is difficult to see how this would even be possible, as this would appear to break rule 20.3 of the Scottish FA’s Registration Procedures.

It therefore seems highly unlikely that Giraldo is accurate, and begs the question as to why he is making the claim now.

Despite reported interest from Sevilla earlier in the window the Colombian international actually seems less likely to be making a departure from Ibrox than at various times during his stay in Glasgow.

From a transfer point of view the club, and the fans, will hope that it is a moot point either way, as the hope is clearly that he stays to spearhead their attack once fit again.

The suggestion that there are some untoward arrangements are unhelpful, and gloss over the fact that it makes little sense that this situation would have even come about.

Considering the fee it took to bring Morelos to Ibrox, they would surely have either bought out the additional 14% at the time, or moved on to another target.

Fans are looking forward to seeing the goalscorer back on the pitch and hitting the back of the net, and this sort of allegation should be given short shrift.

In other Rangers news, a former Ibrox hero has suggested big changes will be afoot for a must-win night coming up, with two new attacking options to come into the side.