By Anthony Onifade

14th Mar, 2023 | 9:10pm

Rangers may have already found their long-term Alfredo Morelos replacement in Robbie Ure after latest transfer speculation

Rangers may have already found their long-term Alfredo Morelos replacement from within the club with academy product Robbie Ure ready to make the step up next season.

The Daily Record reported in their print edition [13 March] that the Colombian is set to end his six-year spell at Ibrox, with a contract renewal unlikely as things stand.

To add fuel to the Morelos fire, reports in Spain [Vamos Mi Sevilla] revealed on 10 March that the Colombian striker has agreed on a pre-contract agreement with the La Liga outfit.

However, the Ibrox icon recently poured cold water over those rumours, according to the Scottish Daily Express [13 March], but there remains no news of talks regarding a new deal, which could well mean the Gers could be losing their star forward this summer.

Morelos has also inadvertently lost his starting place in the team to Antonio Colak, despite starting relatively well under Michael Beale.

With the Light Blues short on potential options if the forward does indeed depart this summer, the Gers may already have their long-term solution to the problem, from within their academy.

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And that player is 19-year-old Ure who has proven this so far for the Rangers youth setup, that he’s got what it takes to finally makes his mark in the Gers first team.

Gers boss Beale certainly holds an impressive reputation for helping developing young stars thrive and already handed Ure with Scottish Premiership debut back in December against St Mirren in a 1-1 draw and also bagged his first senior goal before that against Queen of the South F.C in the Scottish League Cup in August.

The promise of regular senior football in Morelos’ absence could be enough to convince the 19-year-old, who has been in prolific form, to remain at Ibrox, who was reportedly offered a new deal in the summer.

Ure scored just twice in six Youth League and Challenge Cup appearances last term but has hit his stride during the 2022/23 campaign by netting an incredible 20 goals and providing ten assists in under 40 matches in all competitions for the first-team and academy combined.

Recruiting able strikers is a tough commodity in the market, especially when trying to replace a club icon in Morelos but the club could unearth one of their own in Ure by giving him the tools and opportunities he needs to fulfil his Rangers promise next season.

In other Rangers news, a Scottish manager wants the club to hand over £50million to help other SPFL clubs as part of a plan he believes will happen.