We could never have foreseen how badly Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos’ post-Rangers careers would go.
Both players were Rangers’ star assets for so long, each accruing a £20M+ market value at their Rangers peaks, and destined to earn the club a big profit with big sales.
As history tells us, this couldn’t have ended up further from the truth.
Stewart Robertson’s diabolical decision to ‘copy Celtic’ and demand £20M for Morelos in the face of rejecting £16.5M from Lille was where it all went wrong for Morelos.
He could have been a Ligue 1 champion by now, instead of sitting in the ignominy of Brazil’s Serie B (one division below fellow Ibrox ‘alumni’ Jose Cifuentes) and now having to pose with Neymar as a wee diddy Santos player and not the football powerhouse he was supposed to be.
It’s all gone horribly wrong for Alfredo Morelos.
But it’s gone even worse for Kent.
Not only did he make a truly bizarre decision to go to Turkey, to an alien land in a league well-known for its toxicity and questionable cultures, but he failed there as a player, and not only didn’t get his escape route to Italy that he’d prayed for, but then found his contract frozen with Fenerbahce.
Now he has to take arbitration routes to apply for his full pay to be restored.
But it gets worse – he also got dumped from the entire squad and is now simply unable to play domestic football for his club on an ‘overseas player’ quota basis.
He is only able to play in the Conference League which we suppose is something.
If two Rangers exits promised so much and delivered so absolutely little, it’s these two, but no one could have seen what utter disasters awaited the two of them.
Compare that with the shining success of Filip Helander – sure he didn’t get the Anderlecht move (they wouldn’t pay the £1M Odense wanted) but he’s got his life and career back on track.
Quite the contrast.
Morelos and Kent are true examples of how the grass just isn’t greener.