The smart money claims Alfredo Morelos is already halfway out of the front door of Ibrox and on his way back to Seville. Call me naive or maybe I’m just an optimist but I’m really not so sure we’ve seen the last of the Colombian in a blue shirt.
Yes, we’re all aware that he’s into the last year of his contract and that he’s always had a burning ambition to make it into one of Europe’s biggest leagues. I get all that. But, trust me, I also know a thing or two about how hard it is to leave a club like Rangers – having made one of the biggest mistakes of my life when I thought the grass might be greener playing in England’s Premier League with Blackburn Rovers.
It wasn’t. And it took me less than two weeks down the road to realise how wrong I was. I wouldn’t like to see Alfredo making the same mistake that I did all those years ago and I just have this funny feeling in the pit of my stomach that there might be a huge twist coming in his tale.
The word is that Seville are willing to pay around €8million to pick him up this summer and although my maths have never been great I’m pretty sure that’s less than £7m in real money.
Are they having a laugh? He might well be entering the final year of his deal but his goals would be worth far more than that if he fires Rangers into the Champions League group stage.
So why on earth would the people in charge of my old club even think about entertaining such a lowball offer?
No, they won’t even have a decision to make until some-one out there comes in at well north of £10m. Only then will they have to seriously weigh up their options.
They’d have to sit down with the player at that point and get inside his head because if he’s desperate to leave, then they could find themselves with a very unhappy Alfredo on their hands. No one wants that.
There have been times throughout his stay at the club when it has seemed as if the rattle might have come out of his pram after another transfer window came and went without him getting his move.
After all, when he first moved to Glasgow from Helsinki he was a young kid in a big hurry to get to the very top. I’m sure, back then, he didn’t see Ibrox as anything other than a stop-off point on the journey.
But believe me, the place has a funny way of getting under the skin of anyone lucky enough to play their football there. And, as the years have passed and the bond has grown, I’ve seen a big change in his attitude.
He knows he’s loved by the fans and after all this time and so many massive highs, he’ll be starting to realise that he’s having the time of his life in a Rangers shirt.
It’s hard to leave something like that behind.
So, even at this late stage in the day, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Rangers catching everyone by surprise and announcing that their star striker has put pen to paper on a contract extension.
They did it with Connor Goldson when it looked for all the world as if the Englishman was on his way out. And I can’t help but think Morelos might be in the exact same boat.
I watched Goldson sink to his knees after the Europa League semi-final win over RB Leipzig and I knew right away what was going through his head.
He was looking around at the madness and realising that he would never experience anything like this at any other club. And I’m convinced that was one of the reasons he chose to sign again at the 11th hour.
It strikes me that the same penny might be dropping just in time for Morelos too.
Yes, there might be more money to be made some place else and football players have a responsibility to look after themselves and their families financially. But, even so, life isn’t always about the pounds and pence.
I’m sure Rangers would be willing to push the boat for him in terms of what they would be prepared to offer and even if they can’t match what’s on offer in the big leagues, it’ll still be more than enough to make him a very wealthy young man.
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And that’s another big issue. He IS still a young man.
Having just turned 26 earlier this week he has a lot of time on his hands.
It’ll be another couple of years before he’s even reaching his prime so why not spend them at a place where he knows he will be adored every time he runs out of that tunnel?
And just think about how much more money he’ll be worth if he can tear it up in the Champions League the way he has in the Europa.
Trust me, all this and more will be going through his head right now but sometimes it comes down to what’s in the heart and, especially over the last six months, he’s looked like a man who is happy at his work.
Yes, that wee, angry scowling face never changes too much but he’s looked like a different guy to me ever since Giovanni van Bronckhorst took over as manager, in terms of body language and attitude.
I really believe he is happy and settled in Glasgow now where once he might have been in a rush to leave. He wouldn’t have thought twice about two or three years ago. But now it will be an absolute wrench.
And if Rangers can persuade him to stick around on a new deal then the club will have pulled off a masterstroke because his best years are still to come.
I’d hate to think he’d make the same mistake that I did and waste them away at some other place where he’ll never feel so happy again.