Dave King makes confident Alfredo Morelos Rangers future claim
Dave King believes Rangers can motor away from Celtic in the next 12 months to launch a new dominance of Scottish football. The former Ibrox chairman reckons retaining the title and two Champions League qualifications will catapult the Light Blues to a hugely superior level as their great ...
Dave King believes Rangers can motor away from Celtic in the next 12 months to launch a new dominance of Scottish football.
The former Ibrox chairman reckons retaining the title and two Champions League qualifications will catapult the Light Blues to a hugely superior level as their great rivals try to regroup under Ange Postecoglou.
Of course, Steven Gerrard needs a big performance at Ibrox next week after Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat in Malmo.
But King is backing them to get in to the group stage and land a £30million jackpot.
He insists Steven Gerrard is completely committed to lead the charge in what he’s describing as the most crucial period in his management career.
And he is certain that Rangers don’t have to sell prize asset Alfredo Morelos, who could be thrown straight into the Malmo return even though he won’t get back to training until later this week after quarantining.
Speaking to the Rangers Connection podcast, King said: “This could be a pivotal period in Rangers’ history because they have the chance of another title and two Champions League qualifications which will bring in potentially £60-£70million.
“That money will go straight back into the team because you have shareholders who don’t take dividends.
“So if you are able to win the league then you know from mid-May that you’re straight into the group phase and you can take your team to the next level.
“This is the most exciting season because there is so much potential and that will be a huge
motivation to Steven.
“There is absolute certainty on Steven. He’s committed. He’s absolutely not looking to go anywhere.
“He is energised. He saw last season as a critical stepping stone and for him, the end game wasn’t to win one league title.
“The end game is building on that and I would imagine the motivation for Steven will be very high this season.
“If you look across the road there is that level of instability. We had it for different reasons. We had it on the back of failure, they’ve got it, I guess, on the back of success.
“When you’ve got a new manager coming into a new environment with probably not a lot of team recognition, you’ve got changes to the executive structure, is there a director of football coming or not?
“It takes a long time for these things to work. Even if you pick the best team, it won’t gel immediately.
“So that period of transition, it transfers on to fans and the team.
“Rangers, on the other hand, are so settled.”
King also feels Gerrard can keep all of his top assets despite Porto pressing for a deal for Morelos.
He said: “I don’t think there is any desperate need to sell Morelos.
“It will purely be a footballing decision. Steven can decide whether keeping Morelos is more beneficial than accepting a certain offer and recycling that money into strengthening the team.
“That’s where Rangers are right now which makes it so exciting.”