Alfredo Morelos has dealt a hammer blow to Steven Gerrard’s preparations to face Celtic by telling a Colombian radio station that he is dreaming of a move to England next month.
The goals of the former HJK Helsinki starlet has kept Gerrard’s title hopes alive while the signings of the former Liverpool u-17 boss have flopped spectacularly.
Last January Morelos was the subject of alleged interest from China that somehow never quite surfaced and is the only saleable asset on the Ibrox payroll.
Due to his lack of international appearances, he gained his solitary Colombian cap earlier this season, the 22-year-old is highly unlikely to get a work permit to play in England but that hasn’t stopped him from sharing his dream in the build up to the visit of Celtic.
“It’s very likely there are several teams looking at me and that there will be offers, but there is nothing concrete yet,” the Daily Record reports the striker saying.
“I have to wait until the last game of the year is played and will try to end 2018 in a positive way. My dream is to play in the English Premier League. It’s very similar to the football in Scotland.”
Discussing his lack of international caps he added: “The national team is very important to me. It’s in my mind all the time.
“I know that if I continue like this by scoring goals with Rangers, a new opportunity will come. I am aware that if I do things right, the call will come.”
Gerrard has regularly spoken about the value of Morelos while dismissing the possibility of selling the striker next month. That decision is likely to be taken out of the manager’s hands with a £5m black-hole in the Ibrox accounts even before they pay out compensation to Sports Direct for breaching contracts.
In six matches against Celtic the Colombian goal ace has still to notch his first derby day goal.