Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has had “detailed chats” with Ibrox ace Alfredo Morelos this week amid speculation linking him with West Brom and Lille.
However, Gerrard has been told that Morelos is ready and available to play against Aberdeen on Saturday as the new Scottish Premiership season kicks off.
“I’ve had some detailed chats with Alfredo this week. He tells me he’s ready, he looks ready,” said Gerrard, as quoted by Radio Clyde.
🗣 Steven Gerrard confirms Alfredo Morelos is available to face Aberdeen tomorrow despite speculation about his future.
“I’ve had some detailed chats with Alfredo this week. He tells me he’s ready, he looks ready”.
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Gerrard added that although Morelos will be in the squad to face Aberdeen on Saturday, he would not reveal whether the Colombia international will be in his starting line-up.
“Alfredo will travel up to Aberdeen with us, in terms of the starting XI and squad I will decide this after today’s session,” the Gers boss added, as quoted by Rangers’ official Twitter account.
🎙️ SG: Alfredo will travel up to Aberdeen with us, in terms of the starting XI and squad I will decide this after today's session.
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There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Morelos’ future at Ibrox this summer but that is nothing new to Rangers fans, who have seen the Colombian’s future come under the spotlight during almost his entire spell in Glasgow.
West Brom reportedly had a bid rejected for him last summer so he is certainly someone Albion fans know plenty about too.
Morelos is a natural goalscorer who really knows how the stick the ball in the back of the net.
Last season, the Colombian scored 29 goals in 46 appearances across all competitions.
However he’s also known for being a bit of a loose cannon in terms of his disciplinary record and it’s well known north of the border that he has not scored a single goal against Celtic.
Is Morelos a Premier League-quality striker?
The stats suggest that he could be prolific south of the border but is he worth the potential headaches he’s bound to cause Slaven Bilic due to his disciplinary issues?
That’s one for Bilic to decide upon himself.
In other West Brom news, Bilic wants to sign this Brentford star in the summer.