Glasgow Rangers have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Rochdale’s Kwadwo Baah…
It’s claimed Baah will sign a pre-contract agreement that will see him spend the rest of the season with Rochdale before moving to the Etihad for an undisclosed fee.
Only a few days ago, The Athletic’s Sam Lee had reported that Rangers were considering a move for the teenager – who turned 18 last week – who has scored three goals in 13 League One appearances this season.
However, it seems it was a case of too little, too late, as City have flexed seemingly their financial muscles. It’ll come as a big blow for Steven Gerrard, who has bid goodbye to the likes of Glenn Middleton and Jordan Jones, for the time being at least.
Rangers find themselves in rather short supply of wide options with Kemar Roofe working his way back to fitness after a short spell on the sidelines. Ross Wilson could now face a race against time to find a suitable replacement before the transfer window closes tonight.
And the versatile forward, who has been dubbed a “special talent” by Rochdale boss Brian Barry-Murphy, is a player who could have done a decent job in Glasgow.
Baah has established himself as an integral part of Barry-Murphy’s side who find themselves battling to stay above a relegation battle towards the bottom of the table.
No team has scored more goals than the 54-time Scottish champions (66) in the Premiership this season, but the majority of their goals have come from club captain James Tavernier (11) and Kemar Roofe (11), so the Rangers manager could do with adding a bit more variety in attack if he wants the club to make a real push at Europa League success.
This season, the 18-year-old, who made a name for himself as a Crystal Palace ballboy back in 2016, has bagged three goals and two assists in 17 appearances across all competitions, as per Transfermarkt. For context, that’s more than the likes of Brandon Barker, Jones and Middleton themselves, albeit in League One
Gerrard will have been privately hoping that Baah would have been able to repeat these exploits had he moved to Ibrox but he won’t be joining the Gers before tonight’s deadline which could be a big blow for their plans for the future.