Rangers can still go on to win the Premiership title without star striker Alfredo Morelos.

That is the opinion of fan favourite Barry Ferguson, who won five Premier League titles with the club between 1999 and 2009 over two separate spells at Ibrox.

Steven Gerrard heads into his third season as Rangers boss knowing that his side will need to be far more consistent in their quest to topple Celtic, having failed to win domestic silverware in his first two seasons at the club.

One unwanted distraction before the new season has been the future of Morelos, who is said to have agreed personal terms with Lille ahead of a potential agreement between the two clubs.

Steven Gerrard's Rangers are tasked with beating Celtic to the Premiership title
Steven Gerrard's Rangers are tasked with beating Celtic to the Premiership title

Ferguson has now offered his thoughts on the possible switch, and urged supporters not to be too worried about losing the player that has scored 59 goals across two seasons.

In his column for the Daily Record, he said: “The Alfredo Morelos situation is still hanging over them but the interest from Lille won’t have come as a surprise.

“I like Morelos and you’d always rather have that kind of natural goalscorer in your team. You have to take the rough with the smooth with him, but I like that fire in his belly.

“But every player has a price and if he is looking to go then it wouldn’t be the end of the world if Rangers cashed in.

Rangers' top scorer has also given up very little information about his future
Rangers' top scorer has also given up very little information about his future

“Gerrard will have two or three options in the background. I’m sure he wouldn’t hang around in bringing in a replacement.”

Before adding of their chances on the whole: “It’s foolish to make any judgements in pre-season but I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far from them. They look sharp and I don’t buy the suggestion they don’t have the strength in depth.

“I think we will see guys like Joe Aribo really stepping up this term. He’s got all the tools and if he produces on a regular basis, he will be a huge player for Rangers in the coming months.

“There’s no doubt Gerrard will add a few more as well. His comments last week were a message to his board that there is still work to be down but there is time to do it.”

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Alfredo Morelos has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League
Alfredo Morelos has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League

Gerrard has stood firm over the forward after the recent rumours by insisting that a deal is not even close.

He said earlier this week: "This will work itself out if there is an offer that's big enough that the board want to accept.

"We'll make that decision when it comes. At the moment, we're nowhere near that, so Alfredo is still a Rangers player."

Rangers take on Aberdeen on Saturday afternoon and it remains uncertain whether Morelos will be involved.