Rangers: Graeme Murty says there is no financial pressure to sell Alfredo Morelos

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos celebrates scoring against Aberdeen
Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is the Premiership's top scorer with 11 goals

Rangers manager Graeme Murty says the club are not under financial pressure to sell top scorer Alfredo Morelos.

The striker has been the subject of interest from an unnamed Chinese club, but Murty says Rangers' valuation has not been met.

"We have to make a football decision based on whether we can resource someone of Alfredo's ability," Murty said.

"I've not been told there is any economic necessity to move him away."

Murty says Rangers would only consider accepting a bid if it matches their valuation and the club can source a replacement.

Morelos arrived from HJK Helsinki last summer and has scored 13 goals in 27 appearances.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has discussed potential replacements for Alfredo Morelos with director of football Mark Allen

"Talks are ongoing, they haven't met our valuation," Murty said.

"It's about making sure we close the gap [on Celtic]. If we can push on by keeping him, then that's what we do. We have to safeguard the positive feeling around the club and the squad and make a solid football decision.

"I'm not going to allow a player to leave just because there are lots of zeros involved. Taking Alfredo out of our squad without a ready-made replacement to strengthen us, is not a decision I'm prepared to make."

Murty - who has already signed striker Jason Cummings on loan during this window - says that he has discussed potential replacements for Morelos with director of football Mark Allen, but they have so far not identified anybody who could step in for the Colombian.

Rangers striker Jason Cummings
Rangers have already signed striker Jason Cummings on loan during this transfer window

"At the moment we don't see any way to replace what Alfredo brings," Murty said.

"We have to make sure that everything that Alfredo has as a target, we can show him he can accomplish here. If he wants to get into the Colombia squad, he can do it here. If he wants to be top goalscorer in the country, he can do it here.

"He does that by tearing up trees at this club, because he has a fantastic support, a fantastic platform, a wonderful stage to be on TV loads of times every month, to really showcase what he's about.

"If that's the case, these guys from China won't be the last people to come calling about him. We have to make sure he understands that he can really push his status up at this football club."

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