Ibrox star Alfredo Morelos may be staying at Rangers after all

Ibrox star Alfredo Morelos may be staying at Rangers after all
PERTH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 21: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers looks on during the Scottish Cup Fourth Round match between St Johnstone and Rangers at McDiarmid Park on January 21, 2023 in Perth, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The transfer window has been and gone, and following yet another interval which didn’t see the exit for Alfredo Morelos that was anticipated and even expected, we have to wonder what the future holds for Rangers’ Colombian forward.

While fans are being generous about ‘everyone was a 10’ at Tynecastle, Morelos fell short again, despite his two goals. His careless offsides, his poor concentration and his general lack of movement was contrasted aggressively by team-mate Fashion Sakala, who might be modest himself on certain areas of the game, but his attitude and hunger aren’t included in those.

Morelos, by comparison, still looks like that greetin’-faced soorplum who just doesn’t want to be at Ibrox any more, and in fairness that’s not exactly shocking given the six years he has been here.

Morelos, behind only Ryan Jack and long-serving James Tavernier, is the longest serving Rangers player now in the shirt, and he must be wondering if he’s destined to play his career out here, given he just cannot get a move for love nor money.

His attitude the past 12 months, injury notwithstanding, has been far from ingratiating, and fans have only recently gone a little more generous on him following a couple of better displays.

Of course, there’s the Michael Beale factor – the boss prefers the Colombian to Antonio Colak – Morelos fits in with Beale’s system more naturally than Colak, and to set up the Croatian would require modifying the system. A system that is currently definitely working.

So if Beale can help it, Morelos will remain a Rangers player.

But as we all know, he’s out of contract this summer. And yet, given his freedom to chat to other clubs, he clearly didn’t get a single offer that interested him last month, with just one or two tenuous links to his signature made, from Turkey in one case, Mexico in another and a ridiculous Internazionale one to top it all off.

No serious offers, and nothing that he was after. Which doesn’t bode well for the summer if he seeks a new club – he could have spoken to anyone and signed a precontract deal as a free agent, but like Goldson, no good offers.

So it’s actually looking like he might sign a new deal come the summer, simply because no one wants to take him on.

For all the potential ability the lad has, he falls short on finishing quality, and his attitude has probably put many off as well. He was verging on a fine European-levek striker during that Europa League run in which he topped the scoring charts in 2019, but that high stock has completely faded.

It’s worth noting that the other team sold Dembele for £20M and French Eddy for about the same amount – and both of them were last year of their contracts and desperate to leave. Morelos can’t even find someone to take him for free.

And we know this article probably sounds very ‘anti-Morelos’, but it’s more frustration, because only a couple of years ago he was absolutely worth around £20M – that’s the bid Lille made and we rejected – he was absolutely that kind of quality and that Alfie we’d happily keep.

Today? No one seems to want him on a Bosman as things stand.

He may well be remaining at Ibrox after all, but pretty much for the same reason Goldson did.

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