Former Scotland international Jackie McNamara reckons Rangers could sell one of Alfredo Morelos or James Tavernier this summer, speaking to website Football Insider.
So far this summer Rangers have wasted no time in making additions to Steven Gerrard’s first-team squad.
Along with the permanent signing of Steven Davis, five more have arrived – Greg Stewart, Jordan Jones, Jake Hastie, George Edmundson and Sheyi Ojo.
As yet, the Gers boss has managed to keep the core of his first-team intact despite completing those deals, but McNamara reckons that one of last season’s big players could be sold to make room for more signings.
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As quoted by Football Insider, the former Dundee United boss said:
“Rangers, there will be changes there in some way, inevitably some ins and outs to fund things for them.
I think either Morelos or Tavernier could move on to free up quite a bit of money for them to invest in other positions.
I think Morelos is the one that they think will earn them the most money, Tavernier’s one that could bring them in a good bit of money. He has done well last year.
It’s hard to put a price on him. They were talking about £20million for Morelos which I don’t think they’ll get anywhere near. I think more realistic will be £10million or £12million.”
Both Morelos and Tavernier scored the bulk of Rangers’ goals last season as the team’s top two scorers, netting a massive 47 between them across all competitions.
With Tavernier also contributing an outstanding 20 assists, it’s clear that losing either would significantly hamper the team’s ability to create and score goals next season.
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Replacing either directly in the transfer market feels unrealistic given their enormous contributions, unless the Gers are sitting on extensively scouted targets that they know can produce those kind of numbers.
If Rangers are serious about challenging Celtic next season then they can’t afford to sell either right now.
Retaining the club’s best players is just as important as adding quality to the squad if they want to make a trophy charge.