Rangers FC braced for offers as interest in talisman steps up

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Rangers FC have big plans for the coming season.

Celtic have dominated Scottish football in recent years but the hope at Ibrox is that this is about to change.

Neil Lennon's side have hopes of making it 10-straight league titles - something that Steven Gerrard's side are determined to stop.

If they're to do that, Rangers will need to strengthen in the transfer market - something that they're already showing signs of doing.

But while incomings are priority, the Glasgow side will be keen to avoid losing any key players.

One man linked with an exit is Alfredo Morelos.

Morelos has been widely linked with a move away from Rangers this summer with interest mounting.

Whether a move away will materialise remains to be seen, though, with the Scottish side likely to want to keep him around.

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But according to one former Rangers coach, there's bound to be interest.

Quoted by the Daily Record, Jonatan Johansson said: “I knew Alfredo from when I was assistant manager of the Finnish national team and I watched his HJK Helsinki team a lot.

“He caught my eye but I spoke to some of his team-mates, his manager and coaches to get an insight into him. I did a thorough background check before recommending him to Pedro.

“A lot of the time it comes through these types of scouting programmes at first.

“I made some clips of Alfredo to show Pedro and why I thought he would do well in Scotland.

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“These types of programmes are a big help for that. Viewing people live and getting inside information are also very important.

“Character is a big thing and that is something you don’t necessarily get that in these types of statistic-based programmes.”

He added: "Good teams need strikers who can score a lot of goals, that can be the big difference if you want to be successful.

“Alfredo holds the ball up, is quick and is strong, so you bring the assets all together and it would make him very valuable to most teams. Top teams are always interested in good players and particularly goalscorers.

“Every top club will be using some form of scout and video programmes. The teams and data analysts will be comparing him to other players and they will be looking at the statistics to see if he could do it in a so-called bigger league as well.

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“A lot of teams will be doing their homework and there will be a lot of scouts at Ibrox as soon as they are allowed back in.”

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This is certainly one to keep an eye on.

Alfredo Morelos has been outstanding for Steven Gerrard's side but if the interest in him turns into something more substantial, the club will need a suitable replacement.

If the striker does have his sights set on a move, then it's in the club's best interests to move him on and attract a big a fee as possible.

The last thing that Steven Gerrard needs is a player who isn't fully committed to the cause at Ibrox.

If Rangers are to challenge for the title next term then they'll need everyone on their game - most of all their star striker.

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