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Have Rangers received boost over keeping Alfredo Morelos?

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers Cedric Kipre of Motherwell during the Betfred Cup Semi Final at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers' resolve was tested by Chinese clubs in January.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers gets taken down by Peter Hartley of Motherwell during the Betfred Cup Semi Final at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard praised Alfredo Morelos during his pre-match press conference ahead of Thursday's Europa League win over FK Shkupi.

Gerrard reiterated that the linked-away Colombian was 'his player' and that he was going nowhere.

So far this summer, the Rangers hitman has been linked with a move to Turkey, with Turkish Football reporting that the Gers have already rejected a bid by Fenerbahce for the 21-year-old.

But if the aim of the game for the Ibrox side is to keep Morelos, then the closure of China's transfer window simply has to be a big boost.

According to FIFA, the Chinese window shut on Friday and although it doesn't guarantee that Morelos - valued at £10 million earlier this year [Herald Scotland] - is staying in Glasgow, it does mean that Rangers' resolve won't be tested by any big offers from Asia.

The former HJK Helsinki star, who scored 18 goals during his first season at Rangers, was the subject of constant speculation back in January, with Sky Sports claiming that Beijing Renhe had offered £8 million for his services.

As a result, followed-up interest from China this summer could not have been ruled out, but now Gerrard and the Blues can rest a little easier in the knowledge that a super-rich club won't be coming in for him.

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...

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