Links to Leeds’ Kemar Roofe and Champions League winner Daniel Sturridge show just how far Rangers have come under Steven Gerrard and they do bring about an intriguing situation for the former Liverpool captain.
Gerrard took over a club in chaos last year and has turned them into a side that is being linked to players of the calibre of Roofe and Sturridge; credible candidates to end Celtic’s domestic dominance; and Europa League hopefuls. Gerrard also hasn’t rested on his laurels and has moved quickly to upgrade his team in key areas- adding seven new faces to his squad that looks jam-packed with talent.
Speaking after the 5-0 demolition of Oxford Gerrard didn’t rule out the possibility of the Colombian leaving Ibrox, stating that the 23-year-old would be available for a ‘really big offer’ and that any deal ‘won’t happen late’ in the window. Hardly a hands-off warning.
Morelos has been linked with moves away in the past from the Ibrox club and they did reject an £8 million bid from Beijing Renhe in January 2018 which suggests the club will be looking at offers higher than that sum if they were to sell the temperamental striker now given his goal-scoring record for Rangers and him earning his first Colombia cap in August.
If you were to wave a wand over Morelos and magic away his ridiculous disciplinary problems you’d have a player on course to achieve a fee in the region of Moussa Dembele’s to Lyon. Yet his five sendings-off and 16 yellow cards in 48 games last season can’t be overlooked- even if he did add 30 goals when he wasn’t suspended- and buying clubs will be wary to sign such a disciplinary risk to their sides.
Despite his worrying penchant for cards, he’ll likely be of interest to many clubs and managers across Europe who are looking to bring in a goalscorer, and Morelos is certainly that- having scored 94 times in his 160-game career thus far. Morelos knows how to score and looks comfortable as a lone-striker which will only add to his value should Rangers look to sell.
Morelos should be of great value to Gerrard and with Roofe’s and Sturridge’s patchy injury record selling their prized-asset in favour of two players who aren’t guaranteed to come in and score goals straight away might be a risk too far for the Rangers manager as he looks to win some silverware this season.