Has Alfredo Morelos changed his mind?

Has Alfredo Morelos changed his mind?

As we’ve illustrated recently, Jermain Defoe certainly isn’t the only Rangers striker bang in form – former first-choice hitman Alfredo Morelos most certainly is too, and the Colombian has definitely benefited from the 37-year old’s experience, with it being a safe bet Jermain Defoe has been as much a coach to Morelos as Gerrard has been.

And call us crazy, but it’s starting to look a lot like Alfredo Morelos now actually, genuinely and truly wants to commit to Rangers long term.

It’s been a completely different striker this term – gone is the petulance, the bulldog chewing a wasp face and the frequently poor attitude, and in absolutely every sense the ex-HJK man has been a far superior player, and person.

The fact is Morelos, unlike the majority of last season, now truly appears content with life at Rangers – he’s Scotland’s top striker, other than Defoe that is, he’s got European football, he’s been recalled back to Colombia and this season he has an actual fist at the SPL title. True, he won the Finnish top flight as well, but with all due respect, as lowly as the SPL is globally, it’s 20x the size of the Veikkausliiga and has two colossi of football in it, where the biggest side Finland have is Morelos’ ex side, whose stadium barely holds enough for admittance into the SPL.

So, things are good for Morelos, and it’s the first time we’ve actually had a feeling he wants to be here long term.

But, of course, he still has never said it, nor has he held much if any media work for the club. The last thing we got was a magazine segment on RTV where he expressed a few of his favourite things.

So he still very much needs to work on that side of the job, and despite looking like he’s happy here, it would be nice if, finally, he was to actually say he wants to be here long term. If, indeed, he does.

Of course, this demand doesn’t usually get asked of other players because other players aren’t the centre of repeated transfer speculation all the time – the only one who ever was is James Tavernier, and by contrast he has committed long term and made it fairly clear he wants to stay.

We get that impression now too from Morelos – and it’s quite the turnaround for the player who appeared destined for the exit.

But, as Stevie once said, maybe Alf should himself do a presser, and put it to bed once and for all.

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  1. I agree that he looks happy and contented, and that he has improved almost beyond recognition compared to the player he was when Stevie first arrived.

    Perhaps the fact that the clubs that have shown serious interest in him, have been below the level of clubs that he dreams of playing for, has helped him to appreciate that he is currently playing for a very special football club.

    If he sustains his current form, then there must be a real possibility that one of the better clubs in England might just start to pay attention to him. If that happens, then I suspect his head will be turned and he will move. BUT … he will cost a lot of money, that is for sure.

  2. IBROX Noise, here's a statement (theory) I came away with Circa Stevie's Start!

    During the time Stevie Wonder G is in situ he will assess, dump and progress many players.

    Those he feels rewarded by hard work and subsequent step – up as WINNERS, Will be presented at the next tier, LIVERPOOL, when SG Leaves.

    Stevie moves homes, as we all would, having brought 55 + 56 to Our Big House.

    Morelos, Rossitter, Jack Kelly, Nathan Groomed and others gain Rangers board Mucho Spondoolees Plus continued loans etc.

    All win

  3. I think the biggest risk is that the level of team he wants won't come for him and he'll reject lesser offers, then reject an extension with us and leave on a free where he becomes much more attractive to the teams at the level he wants since they dont have to pay a transfer fee. Its only a couple years away.

  4. While I'd love that to be true it's more like hes realised he needs to take it up another level to get the standard of club he wants and to do that its head down and work like fk- win win for the Gers no matter what .

  5. "Former first choice hit man" ? Alfie is still first choice hit man, he was rested yesterday .Defoe has been brilliant but he is still Alfies stand in.

  6. Very pleased he seems to see the 'big picture' about being a better player and show proper attitude to games and fellow team mates . His game is benefiting from this too. On another subject it's disgraceful the online abuse Christie is receiving for his red card ..it's very sad and not acceptable .

  7. Alfie's not going to stay at Rangers, I wish he was but the truth is he's far too good for Scottish football. He's got the talent and ambition to ply his trade at a top club in a top league and I'm sure that's where he'll be heading at the end of the season.

    Fortunately his new found serenity means that probably only a top club in a top league will be able to afford him.

  8. I thought he was a half decent sticker who only scored against the smaller teams but now he is up there with any striker in scotland

  9. They'll come sniffing around for Alfie, soon enough. But while he's here, he's happy and that, is a good thing. Jermain is such a professional, I bet there is more than Morelos, he's rubbing off on.

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