Rangers manager Michael Beale has hinted that Alfredo Morelos will be allowed to leave Ibrox on a free transfer this summer if he can’t perform to a higher standard.
While Beale expressed a desire to keep Ryan Kent and Ryan Jack at the club, he said Morelos’s future is less certain:
“Alfredo’s situation is slightly different. He’s been at the club a long time and I need to see a little bit more from him day in, day out. When he’s played, he’s been fine, but I want some more energy in the final third. Can he provide that? If he can, he’d be a better option than he has been in the last few months. I just think that’s fair, everything I’m saying here, I’ve told him to his face as well.”
Fans on Twitter believe Beale’s comments suggest a parting of ways at the end of the season:
His best days with us have come and gone. Time to move on for both parties.
— Alex (@alxfrance) March 12, 2023
He’s bang on. Wants 40 grand a week. When it’s March. And he’s still no match fit. Gave us great moments but his professionalism is horrendous.
— Ross Campbell (@RossCampbell90) March 12, 2023
Morelos time is up! Shouldn’t be offered a new contract at all if he isn’t willing to get fit! Wouldn’t bother me if Kent left either! He’s just not producing enough, we should aim for better
— Scott McGee (@scottmcgee89) March 12, 2023
It’s for the best. Unfortunately the Morelos of old will not be seen again at Ibrox. Maybe he struggles to get to that level again full stop. We’ve had some great highs for 1m outlay.
— Balls of Beale (@skoosh1) March 12, 2023
Doesn’t deserve to be there. He’s not the future.
— William Park (@William13227776) March 12, 2023
Pretty much accused him of phoning it in for a number of months
— Bob Voyage (@bobvoyage) March 12, 2023
Absolutely he’s done under beale beale stated he wmats to keep Kent and Jack and no mention of same love for morelos so he’s definitely offski
— Ryan mcclure (@Ryanmcc1987) March 12, 2023
Think it’s best for all parties, sadly.
— aldgate exile (@Aldgate_Loyal) March 12, 2023
The writing does seem to be on the wall for Morelos. The Colombian has not started since the Scottish League Cup final last month, having fallen behind Antonio Colak in the pecking order.
Reading between the lines, it appears that Beale feels he has given the striker a fair number of chances to impress recently, but he hasn’t done enough to warrant the type of contract he is demanding.
Reports in Spain have claimed that Morelos may have already signed a pre-contract agreement with Sevilla. Whether that is true or not, the 26-year-old’s future looks to be away from Glasgow regardless.