Anyone in Scottish football hoping that Alfredo Morelos will be leaving the club this month should think again, with every message coming from Rangers this month suggesting that the Colombian is here until the end of the season.
Speculation was rife at the start of the week that the 22-year-old could be on the verge of an exit after he was absent from the initial squad that flew out together to the Tenerife winter training camp.
However, manager Steven Gerrard rubbished those exit rumours, confirming that the in-form striker had simply been rewarded with extra time off due to his exceptional performances of late.
The player was later pictured happy as Larry to join up with his teammates.
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— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) January 8, 2019
It comes after Director of Football Mark Allen all but ruled out an exit for the 20-goal hero this January, despite an admission that one day he will leave the club to play his football at a higher level.
As quoted by The Express, Allen said of the situation this week: “Ultimately, Alfredo will probably want to play at a different level. Our job is to hold onto him for as long as we can. There’s no intention of letting him go right now. And we’ll see where the future takes him. Alfredo gets a lot of good and bad press. He’s got a remarkable character, because the stick he takes on the park, he just picks himself up and gets on with it.”
There’s little doubt clubs abroad are interested in his services, who wouldn’t be considering the season he is having? Twenty goals and and ten assists in half a campaign make him one of the deadliest Rangers forwards in recent history.
We should enjoy him while it lasts.