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Rangers: Pete O’Rourke delivers Alfredo Morelos verdict

The future of Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos remains a hot topic for the Ibrox outfit this summer, with the Colombian once again linked with an exit from the Premiership.

What’s the word?

There is growing uncertainty regarding the Gers talisman with just 10 months remaining on his existing deal in Glasgow. The 26-year-old has unsurprisingly been tipped for a departure from the Old Firm giants after five seasons at the club, with a number of Premier League sides having been linked with the striker in recent years.

Journalist Pete O’Rourke has now provided his thoughts on the 11-cap predator’s future in an interview with Football FanCast, suggesting that it would be hugely significant if the former HJK Helsinki man were to stay at the club.

He stated: “Yeah it would be a huge boost to keep hold of their star striker. They’ve kept hold of him for the last few transfer windows which is obviously big news for Rangers as well and they can maybe persuade the Colombian to pledge his long-term future to the club.

“And if they can get the striker to pay in fresh terms what a boost that would be for Rangers going into this season as well”.

Huge boost for Rangers

For all the potential incomings at Rangers this summer, perhaps sporting director Ross Wilson’s best piece of business could well be keeping hold of the imposing Colombian brute for the new campaign, with the added sweetener of potentially seeing the £11.7m-rated man commit to a new deal.

As O’Rourke mentioned, it would represent a huge boost to the Light Blues if they were able to retain the services of their leading marksman, having already seen the duo of Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo depart for Ajax and Southampton respectively.

Losing yet another player who was a key figure in last season’s surge to the Europa League final could well prove a knockout blow to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s hopes of wrestling back the league title from bitter rivals Celtic this season, with the Dutchman no doubt keen to see his squad strengthened rather than weakened.

Morelos’ status as the club’s main man up top has been garnered following a hugely successful stint at Ibrox in recent years, the £33k-per-week menace having been signed for just £1m in 2017.

Since then, ‘El Bufalo’ – as he has been nicknamed in his homeland – has gone on to score 113 goals and provide 51 assists in 224 games in all competitions for the club, including a haul of 19 goals and eight assists in 42 games last term.

That tally would no doubt have been far greater had the 5 foot 10 marksman not sustained an injury in April, with that complaint ultimately ruling him out of the final few weeks of the season – leading to fears that he could well have played his last competitive game for the club.

Those of a Rangers persuasion will remain optimistic that he could line up in the famous blue jersey for the forthcoming campaign, with such a scenario seemingly the boost that Van Bronckhorst needs as the club’s 2022/23 season gets underway.

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