Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has admitted there’s nothing new with Ryan Kent or Alfredo Morelos’ contract negotiations, as both players avoid the media and exits look inevitable.
Many months ago Ibrox Noise conjectured that the delays on both deals were primarily based on getting in the UCL, and that the moment the club was confirmed in the group phase, the Rangers duo would sign on the dotted line.
That’s not come close to happening, and with four UCL matches come and gone, it’s just silence from both parties with regards their future.
True, neither Morelos or Kent have ever been particularly big on media duties, but Kent especially used to occasionally dip into the odd interview or press conference – these days are done now, and the last time we saw him interviewed was May this year, pre-Seville.
Since then, pure radio silence, while Morelos was never a media darling in the first place and avoids any chat with journos or even the club at the best of times.
And Gio has now confirmed the same as before, absolutely nothing new.
An exit definitely looks likely for both – neither of them are happy right now, Kent is playing tragically and Morelos has lost his place, and the best the manager can do is the tired old ‘Ross Wilson is talking to them’ but we know that’s flimsy at best.
Both have offers, and the ball is in their respective courts, with neither of them seeming interested in signing.
We’re not going to go the Connor Goldson route here, by saying 100% they’ll leave – they may well, like the defender, get no useful offers and decide last-minute just to accept the deal. We ended up looking like idiots (nothing new there right) when the big stopper did end up signing.
So even by early next summer we might not know the outcome in either case, going by past history.
But the fact two players in their mid-twenties are free to chat to other clubs in January and haven’t signed their deals by late October does hint strongly they’re gone.
And Gio is doing very little to suggest otherwise.