In Focus: Sumaila feels like the right fit for Rangers’ ambitions

As reported by The Daily Mail, Rangers have made contact with Ghanaian defender Rashid Sumaila ahead of a potential move to Ibrox this summer.

What’s the story?

The Light Blues badly need reinforcements in the upcoming transfer window if they are to close the gap on Celtic next season and it appears Pedro Caixinha is already hard at work in his efforts to rebuild the squad.

His agent, Pedro Serpa Pinto, has confirmed that the Ibrox club have already made an approach for the 24 year old.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, Pinto said:

I can confirm that Rangers have approached the player and informed his club in Kuwait. As you know the player is on loan at Al Gharafa right now. But he likes the coach Pedro Caixinha and he would like to work with him again in Scotland. I think this can happen. But so far nobody from Rangers has been in contact with me directly.

Could the centre-back be the first signing of the Caixinha era at Rangers?

Who is he?

Rashid Sumaila is a Ghanain international who was one of Pedro Caixinha’s most trusted players at former club Al-Gharafa. A central defender with committed tackling skills and a strong physical presence, he is out of contract with parent club Al-Qadsia at the end of the season.

He has won 6 caps for his country, went to the World Cup in 2014 and in 2011 won the ‘Best Defender Award’ with the Ghana Football Association.

This is an area of the team that Rangers badly need improvement in with the likes of Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson just not getting the job done this season. With Clint Hill also ageing, the Ibrox side could do with some fresh blood in the heart of defence.

At 24, Sumaila has his whole career ahead of him and also the trust of his former boss Pedro Caixinha, making this a move that could have a lot of potential at Ibrox going forward.

 


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