Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that he doesn’t know where Alfredo Morelos’ future lies and just wants the player’s best efforts on the pitch.
The striker has not yet returned to pre-season training after being involved in Colombia’s Copa America squad but speculation has continued about a move away from Ibrox. The prolific forward has been linked with several clubs since arriving at Rangers and there continues to be talk of a transfer this summer.
Asked by Sky Sports news if he was confident that Morelos would be a part of his squad for the forthcoming season, Gerrard gave no guarantees. The manager said that he had been faced with similar questions throughout his time at the club and just wanted “the best version” of Morelos while he is a Rangers player.
“I don’t know,” he said when asked about the player’s future. “I can’t answer that question for you.
“For me, we want the best version of Alfredo. That’s all we’ve ever asked for – the manager, the players, the fans.
“I’ve read a lot of stuff around Alfredo, I know where it comes from. I don’t know what’s going to happen with him.
“I’m not frustrated. I’m very happy off the back of a fantastic season and moving forward to the next one.
“I get asked this question every window, every few weeks, because you read more about Alfredo in terms of who he’s linked with or where he’s going to go, rather than what he does on the football pitch.”
Gerrard did confirm that talks were proceeding with Connor Goldson over a new contract and that he was keen to tie down a player who had been a major part of the team’s Premiership title win last season. He also revealed that Ryan Jack was progressing well in his comeback from injury, and may be able to return to full training this week.
Having already added Fashion Sakala, John Lundstram and Nnamdi Ofoborh to his squad this summer, he said he was still hopeful of more new recruits.
“I think the important thing at the moment is to get the people up to speed that are already in,” he said.
“If we can we’ll add one or two more to the cause and we’ll be more than ready.”