Kris Boyd has claimed in his Scottish Sun column that it was a waste of money for Rangers to hand Alfredo Morelos a new contract – despite the Colombian striker being linked with a move.
The 22-year-old has been in explosive form this season. He has found the back of the net 28 times in all competitions, as well as creating 10 goals in assists.
He was given a new deal after The Express claimed Cardiff City, OGC Nice and Eintracht Frankfurt were interested in the Colombia international. Borussia Dortmund and Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City have also been linked.
The new contract – his second in the space of six months – sees him earn a pay rise and will remain at Ibrox until the summer of 2023. That is, unless someone buys him. Boyd cannot understand the new contract.
“Then there’s the decision to hand Alfredo Morelos a new contract when he was already tied down for another couple of seasons,” Boyd said. “It just struck me as a massive waste of money, handing him a bigger deal.
“Morelos should be giving Rangers more, not the other way around. But it’s like Gers still have the mindset that the only way to solve their problems is by throwing money at any situations that crop up.”
Boyd has got this one spectacularly wrong. Indeed, Morelos has been in fine form and the best deterrent for interested clubs is to offer the player in question a new long-term contract. Rangers have done just that.
If Morelos does now leave, Rangers can charge a premium price because they have tied him down until 2023. It is win win for the Teddy Bears. They keep him, or sell him for a big price.
Boyd’s comments about it being a waste of money is ludicrous. Perhaps he is trying to play mind games ahead of Saturday’s clash with Kilmarnock at Ibrox.