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The Glasgow Rangers have been strongly linked to a movement for Fashion Sakala in recent months, and a report from The daily log stated that a change to Ibrox could be on the cards. However, now it seems that to close to sign a new contract with his current club KV Oostende, according to reports.
Sakala, who has been part of the Oostende first team since 2018, has gained prominence in the last year alone, having done 2. 3 Jupiler Pro League appearances with 13 goals and 2 assists to show for his 22 outputs.
Ostend Sporting Director Gauthier Ganaye recently accepted who is resigned to losing the 23-year-old in the summer, but appears to have made a sharp U-turn into a dramatic turn, with Sakala himself all except confirming that he will extend his contract and stay at Diaz Arena, which will be a gigantic blow for Steven Gerrard.
The Rangers manager’s desire to sign the 5 caps Zambia International was one of the worst kept secrets in Scottish football in January, and Gerrard was said to have been interested in securing a pre-contract move for the forward, but now he will likely be forced to reconsider his transfer plans for the future.
However, if we’re honest, offense is one area of the field the Rangers don’t urgently need to strengthen, with Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent and Kemar Roofe among the options currently available to Gerrard.
Like Sakala, Roofe’s versatility means he can be worn on top of the field or on either flank, with Kent on the left wing. However, in terms of statistics, Sakala is behind the 24-year-old by quite a margin.
Kent is currently averaging two Key passes by 90 in the Scottish Premiership this season and try more dribbling (two) what the zambian, which suggests that it represents a greater threat of counterattack.
On reflection, the Ibrox boss is unlikely to lose sleep over Sakala signing a new contract if they end up preventing Celtic from winning an unprecedented ten in a row. If you intend to find a long-term replacement for Morelos, you will in all likelihood be forced to look elsewhere.
And in other news, Steven Gerrard must free Rangers forward Cedric Itten at Kilmarnock …