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Rangers: Beale could unearth Aribo 2.0 in Alex Yiga

Glasgow Rangers look set to be in for a busy week as Michael Beale looks to add a couple of new faces to his first-team squad at Ibrox.

Todd Cantwell, Nicolas Raskin and Morgan Whittaker could be new names who arrive in Glasgow come the end of the week if everything goes to plan, and this would give the Light Blues a monumental boost.

It’s not just the first team that Beale is looking to improve either, having snapped up former Chelsea youngster Alex Kpakpe for the academy, and he could be about to strike gold on another prodigy, this time Ugandan attacking midfielder Alex Yiga.

African news outlet Kawowo reported that the 16-year-old is set to undergo a trial at Rangers this week, and considering that he plays in a similar position to Joe Aribo – alongside the fact that he too is from a sub-Saharan African country – the Premiership club could have the chance to unearth another excellent talent in a similar mould.

According to WhoScored, Aribo excels at dribbling, key passes and long shots. Journalist David Isabirye states that Yiga has these qualities in abundance, while also sharing the Nigerian’s creative talents when playing in an advanced midfield role.

Yiga – who is “striving to attain greatness” according to Isabirye – has represented Uganda at U17 level, scoring a brace against Burundi at the 2022 U17 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last October. He demonstrated his all-round game by scoring a header and also rounding the goalkeeper for a neat finish to add his second.

Aribo moved to the Premier League last summer, although his time at Rangers saw the Nigeria international rise from a raw creative talent to the first name on the team sheet within one season.

The 26-year-old registered 26 goals and 25 assists across 148 matches for the Light Blues, proving that he could score and create plenty of opportunities for others. With Yiga displaying similar attributes to the now-Southampton player, Beale may just be onto a winner with the Ugandan teenage sensation.

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A new era has begun at Rangers under the 42-year-old, and it’s comforting to know just how much thought and effort is being put in to not only improve the first-team squad but develop a group of youngsters who could be ready to take the current crop’s place in the next few years.

Yiga – a wonderkid who looks ready to grab any opportunity – could well be placed to become Rangers’ next Aribo.