Revelations this week that Alfredo Morelos reported for duty with Colombia this time last year when he was injured and told not to, probably, confirms that he should be leaving Rangers this summer. A new number nine is a priority and Ross Wilson has to get it right.
There have been a few names mentioned with Nikola Krstovic’s first international goal likely to add even more to the Montenegro international’s price tag, however, it is Petar Ratkov that has seen an interesting development and one that might be causing our sporting director sleepless nights.
The FK TSC striker is enjoying a breakthrough season in Serbia, however, a well-respected journalist has told Vital Rangers that Rangers will need to dig deep if the 19-year old has been targeted as the man to replace El Bufalo and that a £3million bid has already been rejected by his club.
This sort of fee isn’t out of our reach, however, for a relatively unproven teenager, it would be a bold move by Wilson at a time when taking gambles is not an option.
Rangers squad doesn’t need the overhaul that some are suggesting but a new first-choice striker is a must, I’m just not sure if Ratkov, for the sort of money being mentioned, is going to be that guy.
It’s a sign of the times though, just as Scottish Premiershp clubs are starting to demand more for their most promising players, so too are other second tier nations. Whether he likes it or not, Ross Wilson is going to have to spend if he wants to get our top targets and the striker that Michael Beale has his eye on.