If Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent really do want moves out of Ibrox next year, as pre-contracts, one wonders why their performances in the Champions League have been so poor.
Or, is the reality that they have been ‘found out’ and can’t deliver at this level?
These are some of the questions both players must answer as we head into a crunch Champions League fixture v Liverpool at Ibrox, and it’s a match in which all home players really need to deliver Rangers-Standard performances, the likes of which we saw plentifully last season in Europe.
Of course, that was the Europa League, at an infinitely lower level, and the UCL is a massive hike – but while we make allowances for CL-level teams in that competition maybe not putting their full hearts and souls into it like they would Europe’s premier club tournament, nevertheless clubs like Leipzig and Dortmund were world class, are world class, and these players shone against them, Kent anyway.
So why aren’t these guys shining against the likes of Napoli, Ajax and Liverpool?
If they want moves out, they’re certainly not going about it the right way.
The Champions League and World Cup are the biggest shop windows for players – the latter only happens every four years, but the UCL is annual. So if you want a big transfer, it’s the place to impress.
And neither of them have come close.
Or, as we hinted earlier, they’re just not good enough at that level?
In Morelos’ case, he’s only ever shone, in his whole career, in the SPL and the UEL (and Finland) – he hasn’t even done it in many appearances for Colombia (one goal in 11 caps) and he’s just not fancied by any of his national managers. In Kent’s case, he’s the same, has only shone in UEL and SPL, and of course he’ll never get the call for England.
So is UCL just too tough for them?
Or they just not up for it?
If either of them do want moves out, they need to raise their games and prove they’re good enough. If they can’t get themselves up for this competition, in this shop window, no one is ever going to want them.
And we sure don’t either.