Rangers could be left waiting on a bid for Alfredo Morelos despite Steven Gerrard’s wishes

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard wants any bids for Alfredo Morelos to come well before transfer deadline day, but Jackie McNamara has warned that’s not how it all works, as reported by Football Insider.

What’s the story?

Gerrard spoke about Morelos’ situation earlier this week, refusing to rule out a summer exit for the Colombian but warning any interested parties they better get their bids in quickly, with the club not looking to sell in the last few days of the transfer window.

McNamara though isn’t convinced that’s how it’ll all shake out, believing clubs do their business closer to deadline day for a reason.

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As quoted by Football Insider, the former Dundee United boss said:

“I listened to his interview about Morelos, about people coming in early if they want him.

“Obviously he’s wanting to deal with that as soon as possible rather than wait until the last minute of the window. Unfortunately, the window doesn’t work like that!

“Everybody does it last minute so the prices aren’t astronomical.

I don’t think he’ll be forced just by money, he’ll have options that he’ll be looking at. Maybe he’s thinking along those lines – if he left, he doesn’t get the other one last minute.

“I can understand why he’s saying if you’re buying him, come do it now but the transfer window doesn’t work like that, unfortunately. I think he’s asking the question if there’s people interested.”

Is he right?

McNamara is certainly bringing a bit of reality to Morelos’ situation at Rangers.

Gerrard has admitted that every player at Ibrox has a price and so if the right bid comes in, even at a complicated time in terms of seeking a replacement, can they afford to turn it down?

It’s true that they are in a strong position when it comes to potential negotiations, with four years left on Morelos’ current deal, but the player has also made it clear as recently as May he is seeking to move to a bigger league.

With Jermain Defoe capably starting matches ahead of the striker in recent months, it would be no use keeping the Colombian on if he both wants away and the right amount of money is on the table, regardless of the timing.