The desperation to make Alfredo Morelos appear relevant reached new depths today when the Daily Record decided to run with a story linking the striker with Crystal Palace.
Various attempts have been made to drum up interest in Morelos, most famously from a mysterious club in China early last year.
No foreign news source has ever picked up on interest in the former HJK Helsinki striker other than repeating media reports from Scotland.
During a Q and A session with supporters in New Zealand Managing Director Stewart Robertson told excited fans that it would require Dembele Dollars (£20m) to tempt the club into selling Morelos.
Every six weeks a remote radio station in Colombia interviews the 23-year-old with quotes fed back to Scotland that a big money move to England or Spain is expected during the next transfer window.
Last week during their training trip to Portugal Steven Gerrard revealed that no offers had been made for the player who finished last season on the bench watching Jermain Defoe.
Today help was at hand from a very unlikely source as the Record explained:to their army of readers.
Crystal Palace are said to be keen and a report from Rincon Escoces claims the player’s representatives have contacted the Ibrox side to make them aware of the Selhurst Park side’s interest.
Roy Hodgson is in the market for a new striker after Michy Batshuayi returned to Chelsea after a successful loan spell last season.
El representante de Alfredo Morelos ha transmitido a #Rangers en las últimas horas el interés del Crystal Palace por el delantero colombiano. El jugador afirmó en varias declaraciones que su deseo es jugar en la Premier League. pic.twitter.com/dXoUScHEs9
— Rincón Escocés™ (@RinconEscoces) July 5, 2019
At first glance that seems quite exciting, a click on the link however reveals something a little different. Rincon Escoces isn’t the twitter account of a leading Spanish language publisher. With 1,300 followers on twitter their audience is pretty limited with their .blogspot website a free hosting site with absolutely no content.
Rincon Escoces seems to specialise in picking up on any Scottish football story, many from the Record, and translating it into Spanish for their army of readers, or Ejército de lectores as my translator explained.
On social media a dream team of Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck are being discussed as replacements for the 12th best striker in Columbia!
Among the 1,300 following their website is the award winning editor of @Football Scot Jonny McFarlane, the digital arm of the Record’s football coverage. With 5,300 followers Jonny has a bit of work to do before his digital reach matches the revenue coming in from print advertising for the Glasgow based publisher.
In real transfer new at Ibrox former Golden Boy Young McCrorie has joined Portsmouth on a season long loan with the English third tier giants having an option to purchase the impressive young starlet.