Alfredo Morelos’ rejection of a £ 16m bid indicates that Rangers will not lose key players in January, says Bob Malcolm

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BOB Malcolm is adamant that in the January transfer window, Steven Gerrard will not lose any main players – after the board of Rangers rejected a £ 16m offer for Alfredo Morelos in the summer.

Due to their successes in domestic and continental competitions, Ibrox regulars Borna Barisic, Glen Kamara, Ryan Kent, Morelos and James Tavernier have drawn interest from England and across Europe over the past year.

Malcolm, who, since leaving his home club, played for Derby County and Queens Park Rangers, has no doubt that there will be deals in the coming weeks for team members who are 19 points ahead in the Premier League and in the last 32 of the Europa League.

The former central defender and defensive midfielder, however, does not expect the lack of key players since 2011 to jeopardize the club’s first Scottish league title.

In the next 24 hours, Rangers winger Kai Kennedy will transfer on loan.

In the summer, despite chairman Douglas Park and vice-chairman John Bennett promising to spend £ 24 million to keep Rangers going as a company, French club Lille had a multi-million pound bid rejected for Colombian striker Morelos.

“For me, the biggest problem Rangers will have now is having to fight off clubs wanting to sign their players because they have performed so well,” Malcolm said.

But by not making Morelos or other players leave last year, the board made a major declaration of intent. There was also interest in Kent. Players were sold short in the past only to get cash in. Now that’s not the case. They’re not held to ransom. They’re not held to ransom.

“Celtic sold players in the past and made a lot of money. In the same bracket, rangers see their teams. I don’t see why they’re not allowed to claim the highest price.

Ibrox hero Peter Lovenkrands believes that rangers can be invincible.

Malcolm, who won the Premier League twice in his seven years at Ibrox and is now assistant coach at ambitious Lowland League club Kelty Hearts to his old teammate Barry Ferguson, believes selection continuity is crucial to the success of Rangers in the 2020/21 season.

The young manager is Steven Gerrard,” he said. “This is just his third season. Even though he was an amazing player, as a manager, he’s always learning. In the background, he has strong workers supporting him.

I think he’s noticed that he shuffles the squad around a little when he comes from European games to league games. He didn’t do that too much this season. He’s kept the back four together in most games.

In the European games and in the home games, the center backs (Filip) Helander and (Leon) Balogun have interchanged. Yet he does have his core squad competing week in and week out. That’s vital for Rangers, and if they can keep all their players, it will be in the future.

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