28 Feb Murty calm about last-minute bids for striker Morelos
Rangers boss Graeme Murty insists he will not spend the final 24 hours of the Chinese transfer window fretting over a last-minute bid for Alfredo Morelos.
Far East outfit Beijing Renhe have been watching the Colombian hitman for the past month.
Gers staved off a number of big-money offers for the 21-year-old before the Scottish transfer window shut at the end of January but fans have been left with baited breath ever since, with the Chinese transfer window not set to close until Wednesday night.
But with the deadline now in sight, Murty is refusing to panic.
The Gers manager, speaking after Morelos struck his 17th goal of the season in his side’s 4-1 win at St Johnstone, said: “I’m still relaxed about the Alfredo situation. I can’t do anything about what they do.
“If they come in with a ridiculous bid that the club want to talk about then we’ll have a conversation.
“But until that happens I’ve got a centre forward who is adding to our collective and scoring goals and looking like he’s really got his mind focused.”
Morelos was once again a key figure as Rangers racked up five straight wins for the first time since March 2016.
James Tavernier tucked home an early penalty before Josh Windass finished off a slick team move to put the Ibrox men firmly in control against Saints.
Sean Goss put the visitors three-up just before the break with a free-kick while Morelos headed home 11 minutes after the break.
Saints were allowed to pull one back with a Jason Kerr head but Gers eased to a victory which closes the gap on Celtic to six points.
However, Murty revealed his side came off the pitch disappointed after failing to punish Saints further.
“I had a little go at the players after the game,” said Murty. “I questioned whether they would have taken 4-1 before the game and they said yes so I asked what they were moaning about.
“They said the last half hour wasn’t good enough and they need to be better and that’s great for me to hear.
“But I told them we came and did the job we set out to do. Do you think we can get better? They said yes but I said to leave it there, not be too down, and move forward.
“We can improve on the things that weren’t right next time and if we have that mentality for the rest of the season then it bodes well for the direction of the club.”
St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright admitted his side had played a part in their own downfall.
He said: “We gifted the first two goals away. I could point the finger at two or three players for the first goal and the second one we didn’t press the ball we enough and we didn’t track the run. It’s basic defending.
“We just can’t gift goals away like we did tonight. It’s been our Achilles heel all season.”