A big Rangers claim has emerged on Ibrox duo Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent ahead of the summer transfer window in Glasgow…
What’s the talk?
Transfer insider Pete O’Rourke has claimed that securing a place in the Champions League will play a big role in being able to retain the club’s best players heading into the 2022/23 campaign.
The Gers will go straight into the group stage of the competition next term if they come out on top in the Europa League final in Seville on Wednesday night.
O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “If you’re playing Champions League football, it’s going to help your chances of keeping hold of your best players, the likes of Morelos and Kent, who obviously would like to be playing at the highest level.
“So, if Rangers can go on and win it and they get in the Champions League, it’s only going to help their chances of keeping their best players at the club for the foreseeable future.”
Gio van Bronckhorst will be excited
The Ibrox manager will be excited by the prospect of being able to keep both players at the club if his side can win the Europa League this week.
Will Rangers win the Europa League?
Whilst it is not a guarantee that either player will stay, O’Rourke believes that it will have an impact on their potential outgoings this summer. The club might be able to offer both of them European football at the top level and will therefore be able to add talented players around them in the market instead of sourcing replacements for them.
Both Kent and Morelos have been crucial to the Gers this season and Van Bronckhorst will be desperate for them to remain in Glasgow. The former has been a creative threat throughout the campaign, with three goals and 19 assists in all competitions so far.
Meanwhile, the latter has racked up 19 goals and eight assists in all competitions. Before suffering a season-ending injury, the Colombian was on fire for Rangers as the figurehead of their attack with his ability to both score and set up goals on a regular basis.
The pair’s respective statistics this term illustrate how important they have been to the team and shows why it would be a major boost to keep them at the club. This is why Van Bronckhorst will be excited by the thought of having both players in his starting XI come the start of next season, if they can first get the job done against Eintracht Frankfurt tomorrow night.