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Gerrard issues warning to Morelos suitors

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On call: Alfredo Morelos is the subject of transfer speculation
On call: Alfredo Morelos is the subject of transfer speculation

By Gavin McCafferty

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has warned potential suitors of Alfredo Morelos to move quickly or not at all.

Morelos was not among the 23 players who featured in a 5-0 Ibrox friendly win over Oxford United yesterday, but he watched from the stands and Gerrard revealed the Colombian would be in his squad for tomorrow's Europa League opener against St Joseph's in Gibraltar following a minor groin injury.

The striker signed a new contract until 2023 in March, but speculation over his future has not let up and Crystal Palace were the latest club to be linked with the 23-year-old, who netted 30 goals last season.

Gerrard - who had Daniel Candeias, Greg Stewart, Lewis Mayo, Sheyi Ojo and Jermain Defoe on target against United - said: "I can't control the speculation, but as a club we haven't got a decision to make because a bid hasn't come of any sort.

"Does anyone want Alfredo Morelos? I don't know, I can't answer that question, but if they do they best bring a really, really big offer.

"It won't happen late. A million per cent it won't happen late, that's for sure.

"So if someone wants to spend a lot of money on a centre-forward and they want my centre-forward, they will have to come early.

"If he did end up going he would be impossible to replace with days or weeks to go in the window."

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