Tuesday, January 31, 2023

‘If It Does Happen, It Won’t Happen Late’ Gerrard Give Update: The Right Approach From Rangers?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

Rangers have once again done the good chunk of their transfer window shopping early, and Gerrard will have the time to work with his new players in the preseason. The manager has expressed his desire to sign one more centre back, though. In terms of departure, one of the biggest questions for the English boss is whether he will be able to keep hold of star striker Alfredo Morelos in the transfer window.

Update from Gerrard on Morelos

Recently Gerrard indicated that he hadn’t had any approach for the striker. He also made it clear that he won’t be selling the striker for cheap or late on in the transfer window. The manager was quoted as saying (The Express), ”As a club, we haven’t got a decision to make because a bid hasn’t come in. Will it? Possibly. However, if it does happen, it won’t happen late. If someone wants to spend a lot of money on a centre forward and they want to take my centre forward, they’d have to come early.”

”We don’t want him to go, we don’t want to sell him. But we all know every player has a price and I’m not going to sit here and say he’s not going out the door. If a bid lands that the board like and they want to accept, it’s a completely different conversation, but that hasn’t happened.”

Right Approach from the manager?

Morelos might have affected his stocks a bit with his poor disciplinary record, but he remains firmly in Gerrard’s plan for the next season. It is no surprise to see the manager taking a firm stance on the player as he knows how valuable he is to Rangers at the moment.

There were indications earlier that the club would try to sell him after he let the team down in the Old Firm derby in March of this year. However, those calls have taken a backseat, and everyone still needs to remember that the Colombian scored 30 goals in all competitions last season without being the first choice spot-kick taker.

Replacing the striker will be some task and Gerrard is definitely right in indicating to the prospective buyers that they need to come in early if they want Morelos. Various reports have done the rounds in the last few weeks with some top-flight clubs being interested in him, but there has been no bid yet.

There is no doubt to us that Morelos’ temperament issues have been a blessing in disguise for Rangers in the transfer window as buyers are still sceptical of signing him for big money. With every passing day, it is becoming more and more certain that the Colombian international will stay put at Ibrox this summer.

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