Former Rangers player Gordon Smith thinks that the club should sell Alfredo Morelos this summer.
Morelos has been certainly something of an intriguing character at Ibrox. For all the goals that he has scored – 94 goals in 182 games in all competitions – he also has a tendency to lose his temper every so often, as demonstrated by his rather poor disciplinary record.
And as such, with Rangers now set to take another step forward as a club after the work that Steven Gerrard has done, such as playing in the Champions League for next season, it’s time for the club to decide if he’s worth more to them on the pitch, or by selling him on to invest in the squad.
Smith, speaking on the Record Rangers podcast, falls into the latter camp, as he says that although Morelos has done a good job for Rangers, if a decent offer came along for him as it has done in the past, he would take the opportunity to sell him:
“I’ll be honest with you, he’s done pretty well, but in terms of the money they’ve been talking about, if it was me that was making the decision, I would sell him. I would take the money if I could.
“I’d heard they turned down about £18m for him at the beginning of the season, so I was quite surprised. Somebody told me that they turned it down because when they were negotiating, they thought they could get it up to £20m or whatever it was. But the thing about it is, I think he’s done a reasonable job, but he’s inconsistent in a lot of respects.
“For me, he still needs to come on a little bit, and he needs to be more consistent in terms of the role he plays. But he’s done a fair job, to be fair.”
Should Rangers sell Morelos?
TIF Thoughts on Gordon Smith’s comments on Alfredo Morelos…
If the club can get anything in the region of £18-20m as has been suggested he could be worth, then selling him is certainly an option that they should be exploring.
Given the fees that usually go around Scottish football when it comes to signing players, Rangers could easily get two, three or even four players for the money that they could get for the Colombian, and if they can get a few ‘gems’ out of that lot, just like when they got Morelos initially for just £1m, then they could conceivably be set up for the next five to ten years.