Rangers now have the unwanted Alfredo Morelos debacle lurking in the background ahead of the January transfer window.
This is according to the journalist Pete O’Rourke who has been speaking to GiveMeSport to discuss the future of the Colombian striker at Ibrox.
The 26-year-old has only featured on four occasions in the Scottish Premiership this season where he has netted just the once (via Transfermarkt).
However, amid his contract situation, the Colombian has only come on from the bench in the league with a mere 92 minutes of football to his name.
And O’Rourke believes a decision needs to be made ahead of the January window as to whether it would be best for all parties to allow him to depart:
“They’ve always had the Morelos situation hanging over them; whether he would stay or go.
“So, if he doesn’t sign a new contract, there’s going to have to be a decision made on him in January, otherwise he could maybe leave on a free transfer.
“But I think for Rangers, they’ve obviously had a sticky patch of form recently with some heavy defeats, but I’m sure there’s enough quality in that squad for them to bounce back and get back to winning ways.”
TIF Thoughts on O’Rourke’s comments…
Morelos’ output over the years at Ibrox has been seriously impressive with 164 goal involvements in just 230 appearances for the Gers (via Transfermarkt).
Should Rangers sell Morelos in January?
However, with less than one year remaining on his current deal and a clear lack of opportunities in the starting XI from Giovanni van Bronckhorst, it does seem pretty telling as to where his future lies.
And it certainly does not seem to be with Rangers, but with their city rivals progressing well, we think Morelos either needs to be brought back into the XI for good or simply left out altogether.
It is apparent Rangers are on the back foot in the title race, so it feels like they need to either benefit from Morelos’ goalscoring ability or put the contract debacle behind them and leave him out if it is proving a distraction.