The January transfer window has little more than a week left to run and Glasgow Rangers are yet to welcome Michael Beale’s first signing to Ibrox.
Todd Cantwell is reportedly on the verge of a move from English Championship side Norwich City and he looks set to become the new manager’s first piece of incoming business since arriving in the dugout at Ibrox.
The Gers are also reportedly interested in signing Morgan Whittaker from Swansea and Nicolas Raskin from Standard Liege as they look set for a busy end to the month in the transfer window.
However, they are not the only players who could be on their way to Glasgow before the end of January as they have also been linked with a talented youngster from Belgium.
It was recently reported that the Light Blues are one of the clubs, alongside Dutch giants PSV and Ligue 1 side Lille, interested in signing Anderlecht talent Noah Sadiki, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Jacek Kulig once hailed him as one of Anderlecht’s “highly talented” young players and that is backed up by the interest in his services from a number of top European clubs, including Rangers.
Bringing the 18-year-old, who can play at full-back and as a winger, in from the Belgian side could allow Beale to finally axe one of the club’s underperforming players over the last 18 months – Scott Wright.
The Scottish winger has struggled to make his mark at Ibrox since arriving in Glasgow and now could be the time to part ways with him by bringing in another player.
Wright has scored four goals and provided two assists in 33 Premiership matches since the start of last season and has averaged a dismal Sofascore rating of 6.66 across 14 appearances in the current campaign, which places him 23rd in the squad.
This suggests that the £5.6k-per-week lightweight, who has lost 55% of his duels in the top-flight this term, is one of the worst-performing players at the club and Beale must now replace the 25-year-old by signing a promising young gem with the potential to improve.
At the age of 18, Sadiki could come in as a player with the scope to develop over time, which could suit taking up Wright’s place as a rotation option in the squad as he could slowly bed into life in Scotland before pushing on in the future.
The Anderlecht gem has created two ‘big chances’ and assisted one goal in four Pro League starts this season, whilst winning 57% of his ground battles, and has averaged a Sofascore rating of 6.73 – a better score than the current Gers wide man has managed.
These statistics indicate that Sadiki could be an immediate upgrade on Wright, in terms of the creativity he provides, his strength in duels, and his average performance level, whilst also being seven years younger and having the potential to develop, which is why the Light Blues must bring the gem in to replace the Scotsman.