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Rangers round-up: Goldson done, Dodoo leaves and Skrtel back on?

the latest news and gossip from Ibrox as Rangers bring a new player to Glasgow.

Mathew Nash

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Goldson done

Rangers have completed the signing of Brighton and Hove Albion defender Connor Goldson. The Ibrox side have signed the 25-year-old to strengthen their defensive resolve and he joins on a four-year deal.

He played just eight games last season after recovering from preventative heart surgery in February 2017.

The centre-back joins for a fee reported by the Shropshire Star to be in the region of £3 million, with Shrewsbury Town set to receive a six-figure fee as part of the deal.

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Dodoo gone

Joe Dodoo will not be a part of Rangers’ plans next season, as he leaves on loan. The 22-year-old joined Rangers back in 2016 after impressing with his former club Leicester City.

The speedy attacker scored five goals in just 27 games as he struggled to make an impact in Glasgow.

He will now spend next season on loan at Blackpool in League One, with the club hoping to push for promotion.

Skrtel back on?

It seems as though Martin Skrtel could still end up at Rangers this summer. The former Liverpool player was targeted by his ex-teammate and new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard earlier this summer.

No deal ever came about, but it is now being reported that he could be involved in a move to Ibrox, if Alfredo Morelos heads the other way.

Yeni Akit claims that the Istanbul club wants the Colombian striker this summer. The report suggests that Skrtel would be used as a makeweight in any deal for the Rangers striker this summer.

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Three things learnt from Rangers’ win over Kilmarnock: Morelos can’t be sold

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Rangers have progressed to the next round of the Betfred Cup after seeing off Kilmarnock thanks to an inspired display by Alfredo Morelos in a 3-1 win, with all three goals coming through the Colombian.

Just before the half hour mark he broke the deadlock, heading in James Tavernier’s cross. Before half-time, he scored again, shrugging off pressure from the Kilmarnock defence and firing a pinpoint finish into the corner of the net.

With Rangers in control, disaster struck when Borna Barisic deflected a cross into his own net early on in the second half. The pressure was eased by yet another Morelos goal as Tavernier set him up yet again to tap into the net and complete his hat-trick.

Here’s what we can take from the tie…

Rangers can’t afford to lose Alfredo Morelos

Just as speculation about interest in the 22-year-old heats up again, he produces arguably his greatest performance in a Rangers shirt by netting a hat-trick against Kilmarnock with three impressive finishes.

Gerrard opted to withdraw the striker, who was on a yellow card, after his third goal but if he had continued he could have scored more. It’s clear that if Rangers want to be a success, they need a prolific goalscorer like Morelos, irregardless of whatever money is put on the table from elsewhere.

Steven Gerrard will take every competition seriously

The Rangers boss put out a strong side to face Kilmarnock in the Scottish League Cup and made it clear that he will not be taking any risks, despite also handling a title challenge in the Scottish Premier League and hoping to reach the Europa League group stages.

After several rounds of qualifiers, it would have been easy for the boss to rest key men like Morelos but he opted to stick with them and give the team the best possible chance of victory and reaching the next round.

James Tavernier is just as crucial to this team as Morelos

Many will be distracted by the headlines and the fact that Morelos netted a hat-trick, but on closer inspection it’s clear to see that the same man set up all three of his goals: James Tavernier. From full-back, he is proving to be one of the team’s most creative outputs.

The 26-year-old has been one of the team’s most outstanding performers since Gerrard arrived and it’s clear that he is fundamental to his coach’s plans.

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What price should Rangers consider selling Alfredo Morelos amid Bordeaux interest?

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Rangers are under pressure to sell star striker Alfredo Morelos after rejecting a bid worth £3.75 million from French club Bordeaux, claim BBC Sport. Morelos’ future was uncertain for much of the summer but finally appeared to be settled until the Ligue Un club came calling.

Having recently sold Malcom to Barcelona, the interested party are not short of funds but are in need of another forward to bolster their front line and it’s clear to see why. Yet, as Steven Gerrard has made very clear in an angry press conference rant, £3.75 million will not be enough to persuade Rangers to part ways.

That said, the manager himself admitted that every player has his price and it now remains to be seen if the French outfit can produce the price that the Scottish side have in mind.

“The message to Bordeaux is we don’t want to sell. If they want the player then they need to show some respect and come blow us out the water with a massive, massive bid. Otherwise don’t pick the phone up. It’s the right decision to reject it, it’s nowhere near high enough. Teams can’t think they can knock at our door and pinch our best players for derisory bids. It’s not going to happen. For me, I want him to stay. I want him to sign a new deal on improved terms and help the rest of us be successful moving forward.”

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was clear in not wanting to allow Morelos to depart.

With not long left in the transfer window, with key markets in England and Italy having shut, it’s clear to see why Gerrard may be reluctant to allow his first choice striker to depart regardless of the fee offered.

Already this season, the youngster has shown both the best and the worst of his game. His sending off for a petulant kick on the opening day was exactly what Gerrard will not want in his team, yet he will be well aware of the fact that he can score goals just as he did against St. Mirren the following weekend.

Pinning down a number that Rangers would accept seems difficult, but it’s hard to imagine that it would not be into eight figures. If so, it may be too good a fee to turn down if it comes imminently enough to allow Gerrard to find a replacement.

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Three things learnt from Rangers’ qualification over Maribor: Morelos hasn’t learned

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Rangers only needed a 0-0 draw to see out a 3-1 first leg win and secure qualification for the Europa League’s final qualifying round by beating Maribor in Slovenia.

A 91st minute penalty was the closest either team came to breaking the deadlock on the night with the hosts proving to be the more dominant of the two teams, but they failed to turn their chances and possession into goals.

Here’s what can be learned from the game…

McGregor is the quality of goalkeeper Rangers need

Having made six saves, including an injury time penalty from Marcos Tavares, Alan McGregor has continued to show that he is the kind of goalkeeper that the team need having failed to ever really replace him.

Now being asked to perform at a higher level than ever before to push the team into European football, the 36-year-old is showing that he has what it takes after having been with Hull in the second tier.

Gerrard is going for the Mourinho style of media management

Steven Gerrard remains unbeaten in his role as a manager at senior level, yet many are still beginning to learn what to expect from the former Liverpool captain. Perhaps surprisingly, his attitude when addressing the press has drawn comparisons to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, who he has never hidden his admiration for.

“They had confidence, they had ego, and they are devastated. They had no respect for us, but my players have proved over two legs we are better than Maribor, and that gives me great confidence going forward.”

Gerrard shocked some with his post-match comments.

The former England man’s ‘us against the world’ attitude was previously evident following claims of refereeing conspiracies against Aberdeen. He’s made it clear that he is no novice learning his trade, but is willing to come out fighting.

Morelos hasn’t learned

Despite having been sent off against Aberdeen, only for the decision to later be overturned, for lashing out, Alfredo Morelos was at it again against Maribor. His temperament got the better of him and, in a heated affair, he was involved in numerous altercations.

Few doubt his potential and his ability, but concerns over his discipline remain. With Bordeaux having made a £3.75 million bid, which was instantly rejected according to BBC Sport, Rangers may well be tempted to cash in if he can’t prove that he can behave himself and avoid referees having to take action.

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