According to a recent report by the Daily Express, as clarified by the Scottish Sun, Premiership giants Rangers have been urged to cash in on Alfredo Morelos on January, by former Celtic ace Charlie Nicholas. The ex-Parkhead man suggested that the Colombian striker hasn’t offered anywhere near the expected level this season and that it would be in the club’s best interest for them to sell the forward before the winter transfer window comes to a close. The attacker has been linked with moves away from the Ibrox on numerous occasions over the last couple of windows, but nothing has materialised as yet.
Although the report has clarified that Charlie Nicholas is urging Rangers to sell Alfredo Morelos, whether Gerrard takes his advice is a whole other matter altogether. Speaking to the Express, he said, “If I were Steven Gerrard I would sell Alfredo Morelos if a decent offer comes in this month. I don’t think Rangers actually need him for the run-in. He has hardly produced this season, outside of maybe some of the European games. Kemar Roofe looks like he could more than replace him and he has already chipped in with more than his fair share of goals. What I would say is that Rangers have actually beaten Celtic in the last couple of games without their strikers firing.”
What Is Rangers’ Current Strike Situation?
The Ibrox club boast what is undoubtedly one of the strongest attacking rosters in the entirety of the Premiership, if not the strongest. Having made a couple of excellent additions to the team in the summer window, Rangers currently seem to be well-equipped to deal with any situation.
Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten were brought in over the course of the summer, and it must be conceded that both of them have shown in glimpses exactly what they’re capable of. Whether or not they have what it takes to replace Morelos completely remains to be seen, but one thing that’s for sure is that both (especially Roofe) of them are more than capable of taking up the mantle.
Kemar Roofe is a former Leeds United player, and the quality that he brings to the Gers squad is something that cannot be overlooked. Despite not being the fastest or strongest striker in the world, the one thing that the Jamaican international does excel at is finishing and picking up dangerous positions inside the box.
Itten, on the other hand, is a tall and lanky forward, whose biggest asset is his ability to head the ball. Despite being a hefty customer, the Swiss forward offers good pace and physicality, while also being capable of holding the ball up and bringing teammates into play.
Charlie Nicholas Is Urging Rangers To Sell Alfredo Morelos: Should Gerrard Cash In?
Although the former Celtic man is right in saying that the Colombian hasn’t been firing on all cylinders this season, it takes nothing away from the fact that he’s among the best strikers in the Scottish game. Not only does he offer a wiry presence in the final third, but his ability to hunt down the ball and chase lost causes make him a manager’s dream in some regards. Despite his questionable temperament, the fact that he’s a sharp finisher alone should be enough to keep him at any club. With Rangers hoping to beat Celtic to the league title this season, keeping his squad as intact as possible, will be right on top of Steven Gerrard’s agenda for the campaign.