Journalist Stephen McGowan has ripped into Rangers duo Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos, claiming they are hanging around like bad smells at Ibrox.
The two Rangers players have been linked with moves away from Glasgow in the past, with Kent being tipped to go back to the Premier League, while Portuguese giants Porto had previously shown an interest in Morelos.
However, Rangers have refused to sell two of their star players, which was likely an admired stance at the time, but as things stand, it could well have been a poor decision, as they could have received money to be reinvested and help improve a squad that is now lacking both domestically and in Europe.
Speaking recently on The Press Box podcast, McGowan has slammed the Rangers pair as well as the Gers board for not selling them when they had the chance to.
Commenting on the club’s struggles amid the uncertainty over Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s position, he said: “To me, the whole thing just feels incredibly reminiscent of the Celtic ten-in-a-row season.
“You have Alfredo Morelos and you have Ryan Kent, who are becoming their Odsonne Edouard and the Kristoffer Ajer of the operation – players who should’ve been sold in the previous summer but hung around like bad smells and who, frankly, now won’t make as much money as the club might have if they sold them at the right time.”
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TIF Thoughts on Kent and Morelos…
While Kent may well be excused slightly given that he’s being shunned out wide on the left and not being allowed to influence the game as he’d often like to – as highlighted by Joshua Barrie recently – Morelos has far less to fall back on.
This is because he’s started just one league game for Rangers this season due to injury and fitness woes, which have been highlighted by his omissions from matchday squads, while his latest picture drinking on holiday likely won’t have gone down well with the Rangers fans.
Keeping the pair may well have been a good decision had Rangers built their team around them and kept the duo motivated, but instead, they’ve dropped off in Europe and the SPFL, and now they are likely to not even be worth half of what they were at the peak of their powers.