Both Rangers and Michael Beale put to bed, almost immediately, the story that surfaced a couple of weeks ago that claimed Alfredo Morelos has signed a pre-contract agreement with La Liga outfit Sevilla, a club that has been linked before and will no doubt be linked again before the season is out.
The Colombian has spoken in the past about moving to one of the top five leagues and Spain is a natural destination for him, it can be forgotten just how long he has been with the club and if he was to stay, next year would be his seventh. A rarity in modern football, especially for a foreigner with only a small command of the language.
Speaking to Football Insider, Alan Hutton reckons that even if the reports aren’t accurate, that the 26-year old has what it takes to play for a team like Sevilla and that his days at Rangers are numbered:
“I would say that is a right good level.
“I saw the rumours and heard the whispers and it seemed a bit strange, maybe it was agents just trying to whip up a storm. Moving to La Liga, at that sort of level, would be a real good move.
“I have got a feeling that he won’t sign again for Rangers. I think his time has now come to an end and he will move on.
“It is like anybody else he will be looking to play at the highest level possible. He is more than capable of playing at that level when he is fit and ready. So it is up to him to maintain those standards that he has shown previously at Rangers.
“I think this will be the last season for him.“
He may not have been at his best for large parts of the season but he has still managed to post decent numbers in terms of his per 90 contribution. In the league alone he has more goals and assists than games that he has started. The ability is still there even if the want and desire has sometimes been questioned.
As Hutton says though, it is looking increasingly likely that this will be Morelos’s last in the famous Light Blue jersey but rather than letting his Rangers career fizzle out, he should be looking to go out with a bang – a match winner in the three remaining Old Firm derbies wouldn’t be a bad place to start.