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NO-GO ALFREDO, ALL-GO FILIP

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ALFREDO MORELOS has knocked back the chance to quit Rangers.

The controversial Combian striker has rejected the opportunity to sign for cash-rich Qatari outfit Al Duhail, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Morelos was on the radar of the lavishly-spending Qatar Stars League leaders who already have former Juventus stars Mario Mandzkukic and Mehdi Benatia on their books.

However, the Ibrox hitman, 23, has no interest in the potential move and admitted recently he is happy at Steven Gerrard’s club where he is under contract for another three years.

The Govan club are looking for a fee in excess of £15million for the player who scored 29 goals last season and has also been linked with Rennes, Bordeaux and Dynamo Kiev.

In the meantime, Swedish centre-half Filip Helander has told Rangers TV of his delight at being able to return to contact training.

The international defender, signed for £3.5million from Bologna last summer, has been out since suffering a foot injury in the Betfred Cup Final loss to Celtic on December 8.

But he says he feels “strong and ready to go” ahead of the new campaign.

Helander admitted: “It feels fantastic. I’ve been looking forward to it and it’s going to be nice to get going.

“Of course, when you are not on the pitch, you can’t help your team, so it’s been tough on every game day.

“I’m a professional footballer, so I tried to do my best in every part of training even though I’ve been injured. But now I feel strong and ready to go.

“I was back with the team just before the lockdown, so it has been a long time since I last played a game.

“But I was in Sweden during the lockdown, so I had the possibility to do some football training back at home.’

“I’m very confident. Of course, there’s still a long way to go but if it’s the first of August, or whenever it’s going to be, there’s no excuse to not be ready.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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