Steven Gerrard insists Alfredo Morelos is not for sale, despite speculation linking the Rangers forward with a move away from the club.
The Colombian international has enjoyed a prolific spell since moving to the Scottish side in 2017, the 23-year-old’s goalscoring exploits attracting a host of attention, with Sevilla the latest side linked with a move.
Premier League sides have also been linked with a bid for a player who has scored 76 goals in just 126 appearances since making the move to Ibrox, though Gerrard insists the player remains a vital part of his side’s pursuit of the Scottish Premiership title and will not be going anywhere before the closure of the transfer window.
“He’s not for sale. Nothing has changed on that,” said Gerrard at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
Rangers currently trail leaders Celtic in the title race by just two points, though Gerrard’s side have a game in hand on their Old Firm rivals ahead of this weekend’s trip to face Hearts at Tynecastle.
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Gerrard has trimmed his squad this month whilst seeing their title rivals strengthen with the signing of Polish forward Patryk Klimala, whilst the Hoops are also awaiting a work permit before announcing the arrival of Ivorian midfielder Ismaila Soro from Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv.
The Rangers boss revealed his side are not close to conducting any business at present, and says the Gers are yet to receive any bids for Morelos or any of their in-demand stars.
When asked if Rangers were close to any further transfer business this month, Gerrard added: “In terms of being close to ins or outs I’d say no.
“I know there’s a lot of speculation about some of our players at the moment but we’ve had no bids.
“We’ve had phone calls and this and that from all kinds of different agents but there’s nothing from me to report on in terms of ins and outs.”