A shock change of heart has emerged at Ibrox with surprise information that both Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos now look more likely to sign their new deals than ever before.
The Rangers star attacking duo, whose contracts infamously expire this summer, are now completely free to discuss new deals with other clubs on their own terms, with no source information yet surfacing on any such conversations yet occurring.
Indeed, Ryan Kent especially did not look on Monday like a Rangers player with his head set elsewhere, he looked like a man on a mission, and produced one of his better performances for a while, including a sensational goal, his first in the league this season.
Morelos, however, looked some way off a man seeking to impress, and given the shop window that is the Old Firm, he had no better chance to thrive and soar than doing so for a huge audience against Celtic. He failed completely, looking off the pace and lacking conviction, missing a tonne of great chances.
But Kent looked refreshed, sharp, and continued his recent ascent in form for Rangers.
Does this mean both have had a ‘change of heart’? Chairman Douglas Park made it clear both Kent and Morelos want too much money, with information that Kent wants in the region of £50,000+ pw. We do not know what Morelos may want.
But this new development suggests there may well be a thawing of the stand-off between both parties and the club, and there could be a chance both players will commit long term after all.
The problem with this story is it’s never correct or wrong at any given moment – it’s constantly in flux and change. A few weeks ago, both of them were leaving and free to discuss their destinations with suitors at their behest.
But now it could be that both players are ready to sign on the dotted line and keep themselves at Ibrox.
Whether the majority of Rangers fans would be happy with that we’re less sure, because neither of them seem to be attracting a lot of goodwill among supporters, for right or wrong, these days.
So time will tell if both players or either of them do indeed sign…