Nacho Novo has told the Evening Times that he has urged Alfredo Morelos to remain at Rangers beyond the summer, and claims he knows that Walter Smith would do to sort the striker’s discipline out.
Morelos, 22, made it 29 goals for the season on Saturday afternoon. He turned Kilmarnock defender Stuart Findlay inside out before finishing expertly past goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann. He also has 10 assists for the season.
The Colombia international has been in such excellent form that he has been recalled by the national side. But there has been plenty of talk over his future, with reports suggesting a move could take place this summer.
The Express claim OGC Nice, Cardiff City and Eintracht Frankfurt are keen, while Sky Sports reckon Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City and Borussia Dortmund are interested. But Novo is confident Morelos will stay.
“I told Alfredo it was better to stay and play for a couple of years more,” Novo said. “In his first year, he was scoring. The next season was tougher because players know him. He’s still young, he will always have opportunities to move.
“What would he do with Alfredo? He would have a chat. He would try to help the players all the time. At the same time, if you did something wrong Walter wouldn’t speak. He would just look at you. Walter was about respect.”
Morelos has to stay at Rangers this summer if he is to make it on the big stage. Yes, Morelos long-term future will not be at Rangers. He will not become an Ibrox legend – one that remains with the Teddy Bears until he retires.
He will leave the club sooner rather than later, but staying for one more season is crucial. Giving him all the necessary tools and experience to thrive is key, and that can only be attained with regular first-team football.
He is loved at Rangers, and the first name on the team sheet. As for his discipline, you take away his edge – and you take away the quality of Morelos.