Billy Dodds has told the Evening Times that Rangers have to consider selling Alfredo Morelos if Steven Gerrard hopes to win trophies at Ibrox.
Morelos, once again, boasts a fantastic scoring record this season. The Colombian has scored once since the turn of the year, and yet, he still has 29 strikes for the campaign.
And it is generally accepted that his discipline has improved. He has been sent off on two occasions. But in both situations, he picked up a second yellow card. And his Motherwell dismissal was arguably somewhat controversial.
But while some will argue that Morelos has made strides forward, Dodds insisted that the time has come for Rangers to let the 23-year-old go as he still cannot be relied upon.
“Steven Gerrard might totally disagree with me but that is where I’m at with Alfredo Morelos especially,” he told the Evening Times. “I’m sorry but you have to be thinking you have to cut all ties because they are never going to catch Celtic if they keep players like him.
“If Gerrard gambles he might think I’m not going to get anyone with Alfredo Morelos’ quality anywhere else. But I’m sorry if he continues not to turn up, and it is a big if, there’s no chance of catching Celtic.”
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In fairness, it is currently easier to argue that Rangers can cope without Morelos. His form since the turn of the year has been a big disappointment.
The Gers have also struggled. And that may prompt some to point out how important Morelos is to their fortunes. But with Florian Kamberi impressing, perhaps the Light Blues may have fared a little better if the January signing was given more opportunities.
And if Morelos leaves, Rangers’s transfer kitty should receive a huge boost. So they should have the ability to sign a good replacement.
But replacing Morelos is going to be a lot easier said than done. When he is on form, there is no better player in the Scottish Premiership.
How many players could score one goal in 12 games and still have a record that reads 29 goals in all competitions before the end of March?
His discipline may cost Rangers. But that aspect of his game is getting better. And with the goals over the season hardly drying up, Gerrard should surely still only let the forward leave if an eye-watering offer comes in – despite Dodds’s concerns.