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Staying put: Rangers have no plans to sell Alfredo Morelos
Staying put: Rangers have no plans to sell Alfredo Morelos

By Andy Newport

Outgoing chairman Dave King believes there is "no chance" of Rangers selling Alfredo Morelos in January.

The Colombia international has scored 22 goals in 27 Rangers appearances this season and has made no secret of his ambition to move to a bigger league.

But King insists it would make no sense to sell the 22-year-old, with Steven Gerrard's side level on points with Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Celtic.

"I see no chance of that," King said. "I am certainly encouraging the manager not to sell him at any price. For us it's important to win a league title.

"If someone came along and offered even an obscene amount of money, my suggestion to the manager would be not to take it and the manager doesn't want to.

"We need him to compete for the title and I would be extremely uncomfortable - no matter what the money was - of letting Morelos go.

"So I think it's fair to say it will not happen."

King expects outgoings are more likely in January but would not rule out new signings.

"My current understanding is it's more about changing the size of the squad, I think they have too many players," said King.

"I don't get the sense from Steven or my discussions with (sporting director) Ross (Wilson) that they are unhappy with the squad they have got. I think it's more to trim it back a bit in advance of the summer.

"So I think it's possible but I'd be surprised if much would happen in January.

"But there's going to be a big focus in the summer."

King announced his intention to step down as chairman at the club's annual general meeting. The South African expects to leave his role within four months after expressing "satisfaction" with progress made in almost five years at the helm.

He said in a speech: "The hard work of recovery is now done and I intend to step down from the board in the new year.

"I would not step down if the club continued to need my services and support. But it doesn't."

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