Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard may have opened up an unnecessary can of worms by saying Alfredo Morelos is gunning for the Champions League.
Morelos endured a mini goal drought at the start of the season but bounced back with two goals in his past two games in the Europa League to take him past Ally McCoist as the club’s all-time top scorer in European competitions. He netted his 22nd strike in Thursday’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Benfica.
Speaking after the game, Gerrard said: “Yes, he was very happy after the game about his record-breaking (achievement). I think he’s got his hunger back and you can see it in his eyes, he wants to go and score more goals in the competition.
“I know he’s got dreams and aspirations of playing in the Champions League one day, which is good for him.”
Whilst Gerrard’s intentions may have been honest, his baffling comments will surely only to add fuel to the fire. It was reported last month that club chief Ross Wilson had reached an agreement with the 6-cap Colombia international that the centre-forward could move if Rangers received a suitable bid in the summer.
Before the start of the season, several reports had suggested that the 24-year-old was on the verge of leaving the club after it was claimed that he had agreed personal terms with Ligue 1 outfit Lille.
Last year Leicester City were credited with a January move for Morelos as Gerrard’s former manager Brendan Rodgers wanted to add depth in attack to compete with Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho for a place in the starting line-up.
The Foxes missed out on Champions League football last season but once again find themselves amongst the running for a top-four finish. Could they return for the Colombia star striker in the future? That remains to be seen.
By announcing to all and sundry that Morelos’ ambition is to play in the premier European competition, this could open up a bidding war in the winter transfer window if some bigger clubs come calling, as he has attracted interest from a whole number of Premier League clubs over the past few months. Wilson may be unable to resist a tempting offer in the transfer market.
If that’s the case, the Ibrox boss will only have himself to blame, that’s for sure, as he really should have kept his mouth shut instead.
We suspect the Colombian will have a part to play if the Gers are to regain the title for the first time since the 2010/11 Scottish Premiership season – although that depends on whether or not he is still at the club, of course.
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