FORMER Celtic and Scotland international star Davie Provan insists anyone believing Rangers would reject a £40million bid for Alfredo Morelos “should be locked up”.
Outgoing chairman Dave King made the pledge to Ibrox fans the club would refuse massive offers for the Colombian striker, as reported in Scotzine on Wednesday.
However, Provan, writing in the column in the Scottish Sun on Sunday, questions the assertion just a month before the transfer window reopens.
He said: “Fair play to King. A chairman announcing an £11.3million loss in any other business would require security.
“With Rangers still haemorrhaging cash, King could have expected a hard time. Instead, the South African exile had supporters eating out his hand.
“Clever that, given King was on the board when Sir David Murray was leading Gers towards the plughole. But, hey, Dave’s a proper ‘Rangers man’ so what’s not to like?
“Either way, he’s making the most of his second coming. By the time he put down the microphone, there was even talk of a statue in King’s honour.
“Given Rangers haven’t actually won anything under his leadership, that says much for his blarney.
BADGE OF HONOUR…Alfredo Morelos celebrates another goal with Glen Kamara.
“Tell you what, if Steven Gerrard’s team perform as well as the chairman in next Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final, the Ibrox trophy drought will be over. The man from Castlemilk ticked every box. Punters were told £40m wouldn’t be enough to buy Alfredo Morelos.
“King would take action against HMRC over the Big Tax Case if necessary. He was sticking around long enough to put Mike Ashley in his place. The playing squad is now worth £100million plus.
“It was the stuff of Hans Christian Andersen, but everything Ibrox shareholders wanted to hear.
“Listen, I get the euphoria. Ten minutes ago, Rangers were running out at Peterhead in the bottom division.
“They’ve come a long way since and the heat they’re putting on Celtic is a godsend to a league that had lost credibility.
“But anyone believing Gers could blank a £40million bid for Morelos should be locked up. This is a business still relying on directors’ handouts to keep going.”
Morelos netted two goals in the 2-2 Europa League group draw with Feyenoord in Rotterdam on Thursday night to hoist his tally for the season to a remarkable 24.
He is likely to be in action again this afternoon when Hearts visit Ibrox on Premiership business.
The controversial frontman, who was red-carded FIVE times in the previous campaign, netted a double when Steven Gerrard’s side overcame the managerless Edinburgh outfit 3-0 in the Betfred League Cup semi-final to set up the Hampden meeting with Celtic a week today.