STEVEN GERRARD will be happy to see Alfredo Morelos leave Rangers.

That’s the forthright view of former Celtic midfielder Kris Commons with the controversial Colombian linked to an £18million move to Lille.

The Ibrox side have refuted claims Morelos, who claimed 29 goals last season, has already agreed personal terms with the French club.

Morelos still has three years to run at Gers and any transfer business must be conducted through the club. According to reports, the Govan side knocked back a verbal offer of £13.5million for the hitman last week.

The 24-year-old international has claimed 77 strikes in his three turbulent years at the club since arriving in a £1million deal from HJK Helsinki.

Morelos has had disciplinary problems in recent seasons and has been red carded a record SEVEN times in the past two campaigns.

Ex-Hoops star Commons insists Gerrard will be better off without the hot-headed frontman as he prepares for a campaign designed to halt the Parkhead side’s historic bid for 10 successive titles.

The ex-Scotland international, writing in his Daily Mail column, said: “Steven Gerrard now has a major decision to make.

“With the new season just a matter of days away, he must now decide whether he wants to sell his prized asset.

“Managers live and die by making these big calls when the chips are down, but selling Morelos is a gamble worth taking for Gerrard.

“If they can get somewhere in the region of £20million for him and Gerrard is allowed to reinvest the cash, it might actually be the best thing that could happen to them.

“Gerrard needs players he can trust and rely on as he bids to halt Celtic’s march to 10 in a row. That, quite simply, was a box which Morelos was never going to tick.

“He’s had umpteen chances. Yet, on Saturday night, he was spitting the dummy and storming up the tunnel after being subbed in a pre-season friendly with Coventry.

“That’s the sort of petulant nonsense that will have Gerrard glad to see the back of him because, frankly, he’s been more bother than he’s worth.

“The goals are only part of the equation. It’s the red cards and the rash of suspensions which will define his career at Ibrox if he does decide to join Lille.

“How else are we to judge him? It’s certainly not by his trophy haul.

“He hasn’t won anything and he’s failed to score a single, solitary goal against Celtic.

“You can’t underestimate that Celtic hoodoo. It’s a key criteria for any Rangers player, yet Clint Hill has more goals against the Parkhead side than Morelos.”

Commons added: “If he does go, then straight off the bat Rangers will have to spend money on getting two new strikers into the club and they’ll have to be ready to hit the ground running.

“That’s a tough ask for any player at a club as big as Rangers. But there’s no honeymoon period on offer for any new signing. There’s simply too much at stake.”

Gerrard takes his squad to Pittodrie on Saturday for their Premiership opener against Aberdeen which as a 12.30pm kick-off.


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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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