Glasgow Rangers have a talisman in Morelos but he could leave Ibrox this summer - here is why Steven Gerrard and co must not let this happen.
Glasgow Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has been linked with a departure from Ibrox this summer, with the Daily Record reporting that German club Eintracht Frankfurt are interested in the Colombian's services.
The Bundesliga side is reportedly on the lookout for a striker after parting ways with Sebastien Heller and Luka Jovic, and the Scottish outlet says Rangers are "bracing themselves" for a bid for Morelos after he was scouted during the St Joseph's game in midweek.
Although Rangers' reported asking price is £20million, which Frankfurt should be able to afford given the funds recouped by the Heller and Jovic deals, the Light Blues hierarchy should resist all temptations to sell, unless they were to get an offer short of stratospheric.
Here are 5 reasons why the Gers should not let Morelos go.
1) He's a proven goalscorer and assister - and is bound to get even better
Let's start with the obvious, which is that Morelos is a goal machine, but as well as that, he has a healthy assist record. As noted on Transfermarkt, in 93 Gers appearances, he has 52 goals and 19 assists; 18 and 8 in his first Gers season, and 30 and 11 in his second. As he matures as a player, not to mention with a stronger team around him, he surely will hit new heights next season and beyond.
2) He's a fan favourite
Morelos is adored by much of the Bears fanbase - and even though he has irked some on occasion due to his disciplinary record, his undoubtable talent, superb goalscoring return and passionate, hard-working attitude ensure that his standing with the fans is always high. Something like that is difficult to replace.
3) Potential point to prove
As mentioned above, Morelos' disciplinary record is one of his few flaws at present, particularly when he got sent off in the Old Firm derby last term, but he knows he disappointed the Bears, and on top of that, he was not included in the Colombia squad for the Copa America - as a result, he will surely feel he has something to prove and, as such, could be even more devastating for the Gers next season.
4) He is likely to go up even further in value
Morelos has recently turned 23, so he is young, and there is yet so much more potential in him. Assuming he does iron out his disciplinary flaws and improve further as a player, he could rack up even more impressive goal and assist tallies, help Rangers to titles, win his place back in the Colombia squad and star at international tournaments. Should all this happen, £20million would seem derisory in a few years' time.
5) Gives Rangers a bit of a nasty side
Admittedly, while Morelos does need to keep his cool on a disciplinary level, his passionate, tough-as-nails side should nonetheless not be tempered. A side like Rangers, which ought to be challenging for trophies, needs a bit of a nasty side, a player that the opposition - and especially the Old Firm rivals - should absolutely hate, but that the Bears will adore. Think Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid (though with slightly fewer red cards).
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