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Miller Reckons This Rangers Forward Will Leave This Summer: Gerrard Cannot Afford To Let It Happen

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According to a recent interview with BBCSportsound (transcripted by The Daily Record), Kenny Miller reckons Alfredo Morelos will leave Rangers this summer. The ex-Ibrox striker shared his thoughts on the future of the Colombian striker when he said (via BBCSportsound), “If you’re getting £20million for Alfredo Morelos then you could look at that.

“There’s some real strengthening you could go and do in that squad and that would probably deal with every area we’ve discussed.

“If he stays, there you go, the proof is in the pudding and you’re guaranteed 25 goals – it’s hard to replace that.

“It all depends on where his head is at because he did go of the boil as well, not just him, the whole team went off the boil in the second half of the season.

“So I wouldn’t point the finger at Alfredo at all, he did go off the boil but he’s still got 28 goals prior to that.

“It’s a lot of goals to have scored in that five, six months of the season.

“I think he’ll go. I’ve no information on that, I don’t know where he’ll go.

“But the noises even from Alfredo over the last few seasons I think he does want to move on.

“I think that’s quite obvious, I think he does love it at Rangers but he wants to move on and progress.”

Morelos’ Excellent Form For The Gers This Season

Morelos has enjoyed another prolific season at Glasgow after producing a series of match-winning displays as the focal point of Steven Gerrard’s attack. He has banged in 29 goals and provided ten assists in 46 appearances for the Ibrox outfit across all competitions which highlights his prolific nature in front of the opposition goal. However, the Colombian international has again experienced his fair share of disciplinary issues as well after picking up eight yellow cards and two red cards during the recently concluded Scottish Premiership campaign.

Kenny Miller reckons Morelos, who is celebrating in the photo, will leave Rangers this summer
Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on October 7, 2018, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Cerete-born talent has also earned six senior caps for the Colombian national team while registering one goal for his country in the process. Maybe a change of scenery this summer could provide him with a more prominent platform to showcase his skills and secure a permanent place in Carlos Queiroz’s squad ahead of the Copa America which is scheduled to take place next year.

What Does The Colombian Marksman Bring To The Table?

Morelos can use his pace and power to run the channels in the attacking third of the pitch. He has established himself as a consistent goal-scorer during his spell at the Ibrox Stadium. The Colombian can also get himself into some promising areas in the final third and tends to be a lethal finisher when allowed to have a clear sight at goal. He often relies on his remarkable upper body strength to bully the opposition in the air, and this makes him a constant menace up top.

There is no denying that Morelos can sometimes lose his temper on the field as evidenced by his poor disciplinary record last season. However, that can also ignite a fire in him, which allows him to cause all sorts of problems for the opposition defenders. Losing a striker of Morelos’ prolific goal-scoring record will leave an irreplaceable hole in Gerrard’s squad.

Why Gerrard Cannot Afford To Sanction Morelos’ Departure This Summer

Based on the dire economic conditions of the current market brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be quite tricky for the Glaswegian giants to find a suitable replacement for the South American sensation. Hence, Gerrard should try everything in his power to retain Morelos’ services beyond this summer. The fact that he has a contract which runs out in the summer of 2023 should work in Rangers’ favour as they battle to keep him at the Ibrox over the next few months.

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