Giovanni van Bronckhorst must unleash Fashion Sakala for Rangers against RB Leipzig in their monumental Europa League semi-final clash on Thursday evening.
Sakala arrived at the Ibrox side on a free transfer from Belgian club KV Oostende last summer under the previous manager.
Whilst it has been a period of adjustment and bedding into the Rangers ethos for the talented Zambian, whenever he has been called up to action, he has impressed.
In 43 appearances in all competitions, Sakala has scored ten times and notched five assists. This may not look eye-catching, yet he has only started for the Gers on 16 occasions, making his impact as a sub.
The highlight came against Motherwell in October where he netted a hattrick and really introduced himself to the Ibrox faithful.
With the news that Alfredo Morelos will miss the rest of the season due to injury, the onus is for Sakala to really step up and show Giovanni van Bronckhorst what he can do.
Following the hattrick against the Steelmen, former Rangers defender Alan Hutton expressed his delight at his performance and stated that “he’s like a firework, isn’t he? You just light him and watch him go. He’s one of these players who play at 100mph” in what was a glowing compliment to the forward.
With a major European semi-final approaching, Sakala should be let loose to run riot against Leipzig. His unpredictable nature isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing, but it works to great effect.
In the Ibrox side’s recent match against Motherwell, the forward received a SofaScore rating of 7.6, the highest of any Rangers player. He also won nine duels throughout and made two key passes, whilst also winning the penalty which secured all three points for the club.
Hopefully, van Bronckhorst starts him against the German side as history beckons for the Gers.