Graeme Souness has taken apart the £20m Morelos Myth that is critical to the business plan at Ibrox.
Last January word emerged from the usual sources that bids of £10m from China had been rejected, when one BBC journalist checked the story out in China and found no interest he was quickly forced into a u-turn.
This season there has been vague reports of interest from France, Turkey and Spain with Ibrox chief Stewart Robertson telling a group of fans in New Zealand that Morelos was as valuable as Moussa Dembele who was sold to Lyon for £20m in August.
That sort of chat has continued against a backdrop of another crisis loan taken out from Close Brothers while they await word on compensation due to Sports Direct for setting up an alternative merchandising deal that could cost them £10m.
Selling Morelos for £20m would ensure that Close Brothers and Sports Direct could both be paid off but Souness has poured cold water on a big money move to England for the striker.
“You go through life, not just football, and you have to learn from your mistakes,” the Sky Sports pundit told the Daily Record. “The big clubs in England won’t be looking at him. Elsewhere? Maybe. It’s how they [English] see the Scottish game, unfortunately.
“The hardest thing to do in football is score goals. Yes you might get someone in the Championship taking a chance on him, but I can’t see the Liverpools and Manchester Citys and Manchester Uniteds being interested in him. That’s how I see it.
“I wouldn’t know [his valuation], but I’d very much doubt big teams would be interested. Maybe lower end of the Premier League, but they would question his discipline.
“He’s a player, a real player, but he needs to get that out of his game. He’s somehow got to keep that fire, but control that fire.”
Back in 1988 it was reported that there was a confrontation between Souness and Jim Traynor, then of The Herald, following Rangers’ defeat to Steau Bucharest in Romania.
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