KENNY MILLER believes the time may have come for Rangers to cash in on Alfredo Morelos in order to bankroll their bid to halt ten in a row.

Miller insists the Colombian internationalist will still have plenty of suitors despite scoring just one goal since the turn of the year - and has a hunch that he WILL depart Ibrox this summer. 

Barring his lean spell in 2020, the 23-year-old has been prolific in Glasgow, rippling the net 77 times since joining from HJK Helsinki in 2017. 

The marksman, who had a £20 million price tag slapped on him by Gers managing director Stewart Robertson last year, has been linked with big money switches to China, the English Premier League and La Liga in recent seasons. 

And Miller suspects Rangers will use a bumper fee for Morelos to strengthen all over the pitch as they try to catch Celtic

Miller said: “I think he [Morelos] will go. I don’t have inside information on that and I don’t know where he will go but, given the noises from Alfredo over the last few seasons, I think it’s obvious he wants to move on. 

“I think he loves it at Rangers but wants to move on and progress.

“And this could be the time for the club to move on and take advantage of the money they could get for him - and improve the whole squad. 

“Alfredo has been talked about constantly since he came to Rangers and his level of goals will always create interest in him. His situation is one of the first things that needs to be addressed.”

The Gers have already snapped up Ianis Hagi from Genk in a £4 million deal, but the former Ibrox ace reckons his old club still need to bolster their attacking options, central midfield and secure another centre-back.

He is also acutely aware that left-back Borna Barisic may need replaced if long-standing interest from Roma results in a transfer.

And Miller says it is vital the Gers ‘leave no stone unturned’ in their quest to stop the Hoops from claiming their tenth title on the spin. 

The Newcastle Jets assistant coach continued: “They would need at least one other striker, depending on the [Flo] Kamberi situation. 

“Rangers’ midfield was set for the first half of the season with Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara and Steven Davis. They looked formidable and playing well together. That went off the boil in the second half of the season so maybe another player is needed in that area. 

“And I still think they need a bit of competition at centre-half. You need that healthy competition, day-to-day, pushing each other on. 

“[Borna] Barisic is another one you’d need to think about replacing if he moves on.

“Every club looks for improvement but it’s a huge year coming up for Rangers, with a lot at stake. You don’t want to leave any stone unturned.”

Miller does, however, acknowledge the dilemma facing Rangers chiefs, adding: “A lot depends on the number. 

“If you can get £20 million then there is real strengthening you could go and do on that squad. It could cover every area with really good players. If he stays, the proof is in the pudding - a guarantee of at least 25 goals. That’s hard to replace.” 

Miller, meanwhile, has accepted that Rangers’ outlay on Hagi was significant given his inconsistent first campaign in Govan - but believes the club see him as an investment and trusts that manager Steven Gerrard has seen enough behind the scenes to justify the fee. 

Miller told BBC Scotland: “It’s a lot of money to spend on a player who we haven’t seen too much of in the time he was at the football club. But the manager and his staff have obviously seen enough on a daily basis in terms of how he goes about his work. 

“He’s still young and it’s about developing these players, getting them performing and putting them in the shop window. Like Ryan Kent, if Rangers can get them performing to the levels they obviously believe they can reach, then there could be profit to be made.”