Kris Commons thinks Rangers hopes of closing financial gap on Celtic have been ruined recently

By John McGinley

March 3, 2020

Former Celtic attacking midfielder Kris Commons thinks Rangers’ hopes of closing the financial gap on the Hoops with the sale of Alfredo Morelos have been ruined, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (02/03 print edition, Verdict supplement page 20).

Celtic have done excellent work in the transfer window over the last few years when it comes to selling on talents at the club.

Commons notes that Kieran Tierney and Moussa Dembele both moved on for a combined total in excess of £40m, with the former being a homegrown talent and the latter arriving after the expiration of his Fulham contract.

The Sky Sports pundit reckons that hopes were high Morelos could have moved on in a similar fashion.

However, after more discipline problems last week which resulted in his exclusion from Steven Gerrard’s Rangers squad against Hearts, Commons believes the striker may have scuppered the Ibrox side’s future plans.

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As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (02/03 print edition, Verdict supplement page 20), he said: “For Rangers to have any chance of closing the financial gap on Celtic, this was the sort of business model they had to adopt. Players with solid resale value.

“There was a hope among Rangers fans that, one day, Alfredo Morelos might be able to get close to the sort of figures paid for Dembele and Tierney. Maybe even surpass them with a bit of luck.

“But the chances of that now happening are somewhere between slim and non-existent. The penny has dropped — and in more ways than one.

“A growing number of supporters are now seeing Morelos for what he is — an expensive problem Rangers and Steven Gerrard could quite frankly do without.”

Alfredo Morelos in action against Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Commons has a point about the player’s value. His discipline problems as well as his severe drop off in form in 2020 will surely be causing concern for potential suitors.

Gerrard revealed earlier today that Morelos had been disciplined for his failure to return from Colombia in time last week (The Daily Record), while the player has subsequently apologised on Twitter tonight.

When you also consider he has famously never scored against Celtic in Scottish football’s most high profile and difficult fixture, perhaps he is never going to quite emulate the likes of Tierney and Dembele.

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Ultimately Celtic take care of business in isolation, trading players on the market when it suits the club rather than in reaction to anything happening across the city.

As long as we continue to get that right, our finances will continue to be by far the healthiest in the country regardless of movements in and out at Ibrox.