‘Absolutely ludicrous’ – Ibrox Exclusive: Whelan reacts to Rangers transfer news

Noel Whelan has suggested that it would be “absolutely ludicrous” for Rangers to sell Alfredo Morelos before the end of the January transfer window. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker claimed that the Gers would be “shooting themselves in the foot” with regards to their title chances were they to let their star man go.

As revealed by Football Insider last week, the Colombian has emerged as a late target for Premier League giants Tottenham this month as well as Inter Milan.

But Whelan has emphasised just how important it is that the 23-year-old stays at Ibrox in the coming days.

“It would be ridiculous to sell him now,” he told Football Insider. “It would be absolutely ludicrous.

“They’d be shooting themselves in the foot to get rid of Morelos now with that chase in the Premiership title.

“I can’t see it happening. I think if there’s any kind of move it will be in the summer for Morelos, and it gives Rangers time to bring in a replacement.”

Morelos has been in stunning form for the Gers so far this season, hitting 28 goals in just 35 games in all competitions at a strike rate of one every 84 minutes.

The South American is currently serving a three game ban, however, after being dismissed for a second bookable offence late on in December’s Old Firm win over Celtic at Parkhead.

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Eduardo Herrera agrees personal terms with new club

Rangers striker Eduardo Herrera has agreed personal terms with Mexican club Puebla FC, Football Insider has learned.

The 31-year-old was told last month that he had no future at Ibrox, where his current contract expires in the summer.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Puebla are close to completing the signing of Herrera after he negotiated the terms of a contract.


He has spent the last two years out on loan in his homeland, with a year-long spell at Necaxa ending last month.

Puebla have moved to take on Herrera’s registration and bring to an end his ill-fated two-and-a-half years on Rangers’ books.

The ambitious Liga MX club have indicated they could announce the deal later this week.

It will be a major financial boost for Rangers, who faced the prospect of continuing to pay the high-earning forward the remainder of his £20,000-a-week contract.

Rangers revealed in their most recent financial results they had spent £1.6million on paying up contracts of players for the year ending June 2019.

Herrera also cost a fee of around £1.5million when he arrived in the summer of 2017 under Pedro Caixinha.

He proved poor value for money, scoring just two goals in 24 Rangers appearances during his campaign at the club before being loaned out twice, to Santos Laguna in the first half of last season and then at Club Necaxa for the entirety of 2019.

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Paul Robinson hails ‘massive addition’ to Rangers dressing room

Paul Robinson has claimed that Rangers have made a “massive addition” to the  dressing room by ensuring Jermain Defoe will sign for the club permanently. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England international hailed the veteran striker’s professionalism, and suggested that he still had more to offer.

It was announced on Saturday that Defoe had put pen to paper on a pre-contractual agreement that would see his current loan spell from Bournemouth become permanent at the end of the season.

And Robinson believes that it is fantastic news for Steven Gerrard’s men.

“I think it’s brilliant,” he told Football Insider. 

“I think what he’s achieved in his career, and what he’s continuing to achieve at Rangers – I’ve said so many times about experienced players in the dressing room with a top attitude – they don’t come any better than him.

“37 years old, he’s still as fit as anybody. The career he’s had, he’s scored goals wherever he goes.

“He’s a genuine all-round top guy. He brightens up a room, he brightens up a dressing room, he’s never on a downer. He’s a massive addition to any dressing room.”

Defoe has been a real hit at Ibrox since his arrival from the Cherries last January, hitting a total of 24 goals in 49 appearances.

The ex-England international turned 37 in October, but has showed no signs of slowing down this term either, recording a strike rate of one goal every 75 minutes.

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Phillips reacts as West Brom set sights on signing Connor Goldson

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic

Kevin Phillips says that Rangers defender Connor Goldson would be a good addition to the squad at West Brom thanks to his experience.

The former Baggies and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says Slaven Bilic will look to add experience and quality to his side as they push towards promotion from the Championship.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the English table-toppers have set their sights on a potential deal for the Rangers centre-back after his impressive performances at Ibrox.

Phillips says that with experience of the Championship, Old Firm and European games, the 27-year-old ticks all the boxes for Bilic’s men if they were to move this month.

Asked if Goldson would be a good signing, Phillips told Football Insider: “Well yeah, he would and Slaven, they would have done his homework. You probably want someone to come in at this stage of the season that has got that experience of big games.

“Let’s face it, every game from now until the end of the season for West Brom is a big game. Someone that’s got the experience of the Championship, of course, if you can add someone.

“You want to add players who will bolster the squad, enhance it and challenge other players for their position.” 

Goldson has been a mainstay for Steven Gerrard at the heart of the defence this season, missing just two of the Glasgow giants’ 39 games across all competitions.

Both Rangers and West Brom are involved in title fights in their respective leagues, the Scots level on points with Premiership leaders Celtic and the Baggies one point clear of Leeds.

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Sunderland table new Greg Docherty offer

Sunderland have submitted a new loan bid for Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty after re-joining the race to sign him this month, Football Insider has learned.

The League One big hitters’ swoop for the 23-year-old stalled earlier in the week but they have moved back in amid doubts over their pursuit of Shrewsbury Town’s Ollie Norburn.

Ibox sources have told Football Insider that Sunderland have made an improved offer for Docherty but it has not yet been accepted.


Rangers are willing to do business but they want a significant loan fee for the former Scotland Under-21 international.

Docherty was outstanding while on loan in League One at Shrewsbury last season, scoring 10 goals and supplying 11 assists.

But the goalscoring midfielder has made little impact back at his parent club and Steven Gerrard is willing to loan him out.

There is interest in him from Charlton Athletic, Shrewsbury and one other Championship club, in addition to Sunderland.

Black Cats manager Phil Parkinson admitted at his media conference yesterday he has made moves for both Docherty and Norburn.

Sunderland are very active going into the final week of the window but lost out to Hearts in their bid to sign Liam Boyce from Burton Albion.

Gerrard told BBC Sport last week that he wants Docherty to get regular first-team football on loan after being frozen out of the Rangers team since August

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Personal terms agreed, Rangers set to announce first January signing Jermain Defoe

Rangers are set to announce Jermain Defoe as their first January signing after agreeing on personal terms with him, Football Insider understands.

Steven Gerrard’s side has been working to convert the loan contract of the striker, 37, into a full-time deal ahead of it expiring in the summer.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Defoe has agreed to quit parent club Bournemouth and join Rangers full-time as he looks to finish his glittering career in Glasgow.

Football Insider revealed in the middle of last month that the Light Blues had opened talks to sign Defoe on a permanent deal.

Steven Gerrard explained at his media conference yesterday that a deal is firmly on the cards as he revealed the club are working on the “final details” of the transfer.

Rangers have been paying a major portion of Defoe’s Bournemouth contract, which is said to be worth in excess of £100,000-a-week.

That expires in June and the former England forward is set to sign with Gerrard’s side until the summer of 2021.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has knocked back the chance to recall Defoe from his loan this month, just as he did last summer.

Defoe is equal-second in the SPL scoring charts – behind only Odsonne Edouard – with 12 strikes this season, averaging a goal every 69 minutes.

In all competitions, he has netted 16 times from 28 matches and his overall record for Glasgow giants is 24 from 48 appearances

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Paul Robinson reacts as mammoth Alfredo Morelos bid presented

Paul Robinson is convinced that Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos will not be tempted by a move to the Premier League this month because he is “part of something special” any Ibrox.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England goalkeeper claimed that the Gers had nothing to worry about with regards to losing their star man over the coming days.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Colombian international has emerged as a target for Tottenham Hotspur as they seek a replacement for the injured Harry Kane.

Inter Milan are also presenting a bid worth £25million in total to Rangers for their prize asset.

But Robinson is convinced that the prospect of winning a Scottish Premiership title with the Gers will be enough to ensure El Bufalo stays in Glasgow.

When asked if the 23-year-old could be tempted by the prospect of moving south of the border, Robinson told Football Insider: “No, at Rangers I think he’s part of something special, part of something exciting.

“If he keeps scoring the goals and he wants to go to the Premier League [at a later date], a move will never not be there for a player who is scoring goals and playing well.”

Morelos has hit 28 goals for the Gers already this season, at a rate of one strike every 84 minutes.

Steven Gerrard’s men are currently two points behind bitter rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership table, but crucially hold a game in hand over the Hoops.

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Ibrox Exclusive: Hutton urges Gerrard to axe Jon Flanagan for Nathan Patterson

Alan Hutton admits was “disappointed” that Rangers youngster Nathan Patterson did not play against St Mirren on Wednesday night.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Gers defender says he thought the teenager was going to make his first league start in the 1-0 win at Ibrox.

Former Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan was preferred at right-back by Steven Gerrard but came under scrutiny for his performance in the absence of James Tavernier.

The Light Blues’ captain is currently sidelined after appendix surgery that will see him miss the next few weeks and Hutton suggests the 18-year-old should be given more opportunities.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I was a little bit disappointed. I love what I see from young Nathan Patterson.

“During the winter break he played in Dubai and I think he did well. I was looking forward to him playing in the league and I thought he was going to play. He likes getting forward and putting crosses in the box. He looks confident in everything he does.

“Flanagan is more of a defensive player and I think Patterson can give you the same threat as Tavernier going forward.

“I’m hoping in the coming weeks we will get to see him because I think he has a massive future ahead of him. He can really push Tavernier if not this season, definitely next.

Patterson made his senior debut last Friday, playing the full 90 minutes as Rangers beat Stranraer 2-0 in the Scottish Cup Fifth Round.

Meanwhile, Flanagan has just nine appearances this season, featuring on both sides of the defence.

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Kevin Phillips claims ‘Everyone knows’ Steven Gerrard will join Liverpool at ‘some point’

Kevin Phillips has claimed “everyone knows” that Steven Gerrard will succeed Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool but suggested he may quit Rangers for “another “big club first”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England striker and Premier League coach is in doubt that the Liverpool icon will move on from Ibrox sooner rather than later.

Gerrard has transformed the fortunes of the Glasgow giants since taking over in the summer of 2018.

He signed a two-year contract extension last month which will keep him at Rangers until the summer of 2024.

But Phillips does not see the 39-year-old staying at Ibrox that long.

He told Football Insider: “Of course at some point he’s going to be the Liverpool manager, isn’t he, and I think everyone knows that. Klopp knows that.

“Steven’s learning his trade and the big thing is, for me, if he was to not win the title this year, come second, or if they did and he has another year at Rangers, where does he go
after that?

“Because it looks like Klopp could be at Liverpool for years. I can see another big club coming in for Steven at the end of the season because he’s doing such a good job.”

Gerrard has taken Rangers to new heights this season, in which they are pushing champions Celtic all the way in what is shaping up to be a thrilling title chase.

The Light Blues have yet to win any silverware under him but they have improved significantly and have also reached the knockout stages of this season’s Europa League.

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Paul Robinson reacts as Tottenham Hotspur plot audacious swoop for Alfredo Morelos

Paul Robinson has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have got “no chance” of landing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos during the current transfer window.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Spurs goalkeeper suggested that the Gers’ battle with bitter rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title means that a deal would be particularly difficult to complete in the coming days.

Football Insider has revealed this week that Spurs have joined Inter Milan in plotting an audacious late-window swoop for the Columbia international after Harry Kane underwent surgery.

But Robinson thinks that his former club may have to go looking elsewhere to replace the England captain

“No chance of getting him in this window, not with Rangers as close as they are to mounting a challenge on Celtic,” he told Football Insider

“He’s a top player, he’s a goalscorer. He’s proven that he’s a got a bit of edge to him as well, which I like, but I think it would be an extremely difficult deal to get over the line in January. 

“I think that the player himself would probably want to stay where he is.”

The 23-year-old has been in scintillating form for the Gers so far this term, hitting 28 goals in all competitions at a rate of one every 84 minutes.

He is currently serving a three match ban after being sent off in the Gers’ Old Firm win over Celtic at Parkhead last month.

Rangers attacker Alfredo Morelos says sorry

Football Insider previously revealed the Ibrox chiefs had met with Morelos’ representatives to tell them that he would not be sold under any circumstances this month.

Both manager Steven Gerrard and chairman Dave King have also stated publicly that the club has no intention of letting their star man exit before next Friday’s transfer deadline.

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