STEVEN GERRARD has warned Ibrox bosses that selling Alfredo Morelos in the January transfer window could kill off Rangers’ chances of stopping Celtic winning nine in a row.
The Govan gaffer has already insisted the 21-goal Colombian frontman will NOT be allowed to move, despite continued speculation surrounding the 23-year-old striker.
Gerrard, in fact, has already informed chairman Dave King and the board of his feelings on potential bids for any of his first-team squad players.
Ross Wilson, who succeeded Mark Allen as the club’s new sporting director at the start of this month, will identify potential new signings for anyone who moves on.
The Liverpool legend, speaking to the Sunday Mail, admitted: “We never stop looking for replacements for all of our players, because when every window opens, every one of our players has a price. That’s what we’re dealing with.
“But a decision like that wouldn’t have anything to do with me – because everyone knows what my answer would be – certainly with Morelos.
“The same goes for every player I want to stay here.
“I’d be as strong as I could be with my opinions, but I don’t own the club.
“We expect bids to land, not just for Alfredo, but for all the players who are flying at the moment. Then that decision will be taken out of my hands.
“But Dave King and the board know – and they’d know again if a bid was to land – what my feelings would be towards it.
“It’s okay saying that we have a list of replacements, but you can never predict whether a replacement would come in and do as well as the player already here.
“It takes time to build a team, a style and a way of playing. If you take big pieces of that jigsaw away – sometimes where you want to get to can take an awful lot longer.
“If we’re talking about Alfredo for example, let’s paint a picture of selling him in January.
“What club out there is going to let you buy a player as good as Morelos? It’s impossible. So, it’s not going to happen.
“We’ve never had a suitable bid for him, so there’s no point talking about it.
“As far as I’m concerned, he’s going nowhere and we’ll be watching him for Rangers against Livingston.”
Morelos scored his 21st goal of the season in the 2-0 Europa League win over Porto in Glasgow on Thursday night to put the Ibrox side on the verge of a last-32 place in the competition next year.
They face Dick Advocaat’s Feyenoord in Rotterdam on November 28 before playing Switzerland’s Young Boys at home on December 12 – only four days after the Betfred League Cup Final against Celtic at Hampden.