Scott McDonald baffled Rangers didn't do everything to sign Motherwell's Louis Moult

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers wanted to sign Louis Moult this summer, but refused to meet Motherwell's asking price.

Louis Moult of Motherwell celebrates the end   after the Betfred Cup Semi Final at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Motherwell go into next Sunday’s Scottish League Cup final with Celtic as real underdogs. But with arguably the most in-form striker in the country leading the line for Steve Robinson’s side, we cannot rule out one of the most eye-catching upsets in recent years.

No one in Scotland’s top flight has as many goals as Louis Moult’s eight for Motherwell this season. And it was his clinical double, capped by a sublime long-range lob, that defeated Rangers in the cup semis and denied us an Old Firm final.

But with Moult out of contract at the end of the season, the Cup decider gives the 25-year-old the chance to prove on a big stage that he deserves the chance to play at a higher level.

Rangers Keeper Jak Alnwick makes a fine save from Louis Moult of Motherwell during the Betfred Cup Semi Final at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

And according to Scott McDonald, who had two spells with Motherwell either side of a three-year stay at Celtic, Moult has the world in his hands.

“I’m surprised the likes of Rangers didn’t go in for Louis, especially after he was linked with them,” McDonald, Motherwell’s Player of the Year in 2004/05, told the Daily Record.

“He has done incredibly well and it’s now time for Louis to test himself at a better level. He deserves that for the‚Ä® performances he has put in. I rate Louis so highly and he can go on to a much higher level.”

Worth the money?

According to the Scottish Sun, Rangers were interested in signing Moult in the summer, but refused to meet Motherwell’s asking price.

Louis Moult of Motherwell celebrates the end with team mate Ryan Bowman after the Betfred Cup Semi Final at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

 

But, when you consider that a player who scored 15 goals in each of the last two seasons has taken his game to another level again, it seems baffling that Rangers didn’t do more to bring Moult to Ibrox.

As it stands, Alfredo Morelos is without a goal in seven games while Eduardo Herrera has just one in all competitions this season. With Moult available in the summer and able to sign a pre-contract agreement in January, surely now Rangers must make their move.

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