Former Celtic midfielder Kris Commons has praised Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos for turning around his form in recent months.
The Colombian international looked a pale shadow of his former self in the opening weeks of the season, but he has been transformed since the arrival of Giovanni van Bronckhorst. He has particularly impressed in the Europa League and, despite the fact he is closing in on the final twelve months of his contract, Commons believes he could be sold for a club-record fee:
“Morelos has just over a year to run on his current deal at Ibrox. Just a few months ago, he was disinterested and out of form. His value had depreciated significantly. It looked like that ship had sailed. But his heroics in Europe could yet change all of that. Even with just a year left on his contract, he could attract a big-money bid from abroad or down south in the summer. Not quite in the same region as what Celtic got for Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney. Both of those deals were well in excess of £20million. But maybe somewhere around the £10-15m bracket.”
“With just 12 months left to go on his contract last summer, Odsonne Edouard was in the same position and Celtic sold him for £14m. That’s the sort of money Rangers could be looking at if Morelos maintains this form, which is a hell of a lot more than they looked like they would get for him just a few months ago. He might even commit himself to a new deal if he feels like sticking around at Ibrox under Van Bronckhorst.”
Of course, Gers supporters would love Morelos to stay put but the board will have a decision to make this summer, with the 25-year-old still no closer to extending his current deal at Ibrox beyond 2023.
As Commons mentions, winning the league would go a long way to persuading the striker into staying, while an extended run in Europe could also demonstrate the club’s ambitions to the player.