Rangers star Alfredo Morales has been one of the standout performers in the Scottish league but all has not been smooth sailing for the Colombian.
Despite his scoring prowess upfront and his consistency too, the 23-year-old has been the subject of racism on and off the pitch and Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is afraid the striker might be forced to leave.
28 goals in 37 games as per Transfermarkt and it’s easy to see how influential Morales has been for Rangers this season.
You can get the latest Rangers highlights at https://www.buaksib.com/football-highlights/ and the quality of his goals make those numbers even more impressive.
Those numbers mean he has bagged a goal once every 92 minutes – putting Steven Gerrard in a good position to end the club’s league title hoodoo.
And now, a report from AS Colombia is claiming Morales has his eyes set on a move and would consider one if a bid from a good club comes in.
Liverpool are reportedly the club to be interested in the Colombian’s services and the relationship Gerrard has with his former club is something to make the move even more likely.
The departure of Morales would be a massive blow to Rangers but for Liverpool, they will be strengthening a front-line that is already firing on all cylinders as it is.
“I think [Liverpool] are aware, (it’s easy to) imagine with the coach we have, who played all that time in Liverpool,” AS Colombia report the striker as saying.
“I imagine he must have friends, managers who come to watch the games and are on the lookout. Other teams are watching as well; we have to keep doing things right.
“There are many clubs interested, let’s wait until the end of the season to see what leagues are asking for me and make a decision.
“If God gives me the opportunity to go out to a good club, it will happen.”
“In the short term I am with Rangers, until midseason,” he added.
“It depends on what you do; if you score many goals, there will be interest from many more teams, there will be interest from the largest and most competitive leagues.
“My dream is to be a champion, to be champion with Rangers is the only thing I need to continue making my mark on this club.”
Morales was at the centre of controversy in January after aiming a throat-slitting gesture at Celtic fans after being sent off at the Old Firm derby at Parkhead.
Gerrard has also voiced out on the incident saying it would be a national issue if racism and discrimination gets a player to leave a club.
“We always support on or off the pitch. Certainly if they are feeling they are suffering from abuse in the stands, we’re always there 100 per cent for our players. Gerrard was quoted saying via Evening Standard.
“And we’re always there to support other players that maybe are on the end of it in our dressing room as well.
“It seems as if racism is still a problem, certainly in this country.
“I’ve been one who has been very vocal in terms of saying we all have to keep doing what we need to do to eradicate it, because it’s bang out of order.
“That’s not me just supporting my own players, that’s across the board.”
While this may be bad news for Rangers, the thought of Morales would surely excite the Liverpool hierarchy.