Rangers have been linked with Milwall striker Adbul Abulmalik recently and the youngster could prove to be the long-term heir to Jermain Defoe at Ibrox should he join Steven Gerrard’s side this summer.
Abdulmalik is attracting plenty of interest as he is yet to sign a professional deal at The Den, meaning he would be available for a small compensation fee this summer, should he decide to sign his first contract with Rangers rather than with the Championship side.
The striker, according to Millwall’s website, has featured regularly for the U18 and U23 sides, whilst he hit four goals in four FA Youth Cup games in the 2019/20 season (Transfermarkt) which emphasises his eye for goal at a young age.
The fact that he is yet to make his senior debut with the Lions suggests that if he did move to Scotland, he would join up with Rangers’ academy sides rather than making an immediate impact in the first-team squad, but he could certainly prove himself a worthy signing in the future.
Arsenal are also said to have watched him ahead of a potential summer move and given their reputation for spotting and developing young English players such as Bukayo Saka, Abdulmalik could certainly be worth the gamble for Ross Wilson and Rangers this summer.
If he were to join and impress with the academy sides, then there seems no reason why he couldn’t step up into the Rangers first-team in the future, and perhaps become their long-term replacement for Defoe.
The 38-year-old veteran recently signed a new contract which will keep him at Ibrox next season as a player/coach but given that he made just 15 league appearances last season, the majority of which came from the bench, his playing days could soon be over.
Rangers may be in need of a replacement in the near future and if the “fabulous” Adbulmalik can realise his obvious potential, then he could prove to be a big hit at Ibrox and could save the club a lot of money.
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