Kenny Miller's exile should leave Rangers writing off any chances of considering Alfredo Morelos bids

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is attracting plenty of attention just months after arriving at Ibrox.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with his team mates during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox...

Back in September, The Scotsman reported that Alfredo Morelos had been watched by five Championship sides after a brilliant start to life with Rangers.

The Colombian has taken no time to settle in to life in the Scottish Premiership, scoring six times in his first eight top flight appearances for the Gers, so it was no surprise that he was quickly attracting interest from elsewhere.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha gestures during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers fans would surely be urging the club to reject any bids that come in for the 21-year-old anyway, but perhaps the latest reports coming out of Ibrox just make the Light Blues' need to hold onto Morelos much greater.

The Daily Record reported ahead of Pedro Caixinha's men's trip to Hamilton that Kenny Miller had been exiled from the first-team following a disagreement with the Portuguese - and he would indeed feature for the under-21s in their clash with Brentford B at the weekend rather than play against Accies.

Miller has not been as influential on the pitch this year by any means - he has not scored a league goal in his seven appearances - so his exile does not appear to have hurt the quality within the squad too drastically.

Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates Rangers first goal during the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at the Ibrox Stadium on June 29,...

Of course, the 37-year-old could help nurture Morelos as he looks to realise his full potential, and his experience has previously made him an extremely important figure in the squad - but his exile does not hurt the team too significantly if you only consider his form alone.

It is not known how long Miller's exile will last, or whether Caixinha has any plans to bring the veteran back into the fold at all, but if the forward has played his final game for the club then letting Morelos go in January makes even less sense than it may have possibly done before.

Morelos and Eduardo Herrera are the two remaining out-and-out strikers in Caixinha's first-team squad, while Ryan Hardie is arguably pushing for more chances with his form for Graeme Murty's men.

With so few options to pick from, Caixinha simply cannot afford to allow one to go, let alone the one who tops their goalscoring charts by quite some distance.

Even signing replacements for Morelos would not make selling a smart move as there is no guarantee that they and Herrera would be able to fill the void that the Colombian leaves behind.

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