Hutton: Rangers have sealed game-changing signing with Sakala deal after what 'I've seen'
Alan Hutton has tipped Fashion Sakala to make a significant difference to the Rangers attack next season.
The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 24-year-old’s pace and directness make him an exciting capture for both Steven Gerrard and the fans.
As confirmed on Tuesday, Sakala has agreed a pre-contract to join the Gers when his contract at KV Oostende expires this summer.
🆕 Welcome Sakala 🆕
📝 #RangersFC are today delighted to announce that a pre-contract has been agreed with Fashion Sakala, and he will join from Belgian side KV Oostende in the summer-subject to international clearance and a work permit being received.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) May 4, 2021
The Zambia international has scored 13 goals in 29 Belgian top-flight appearances this term.
Rangers currently have Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe as their senior striker options.
However, Hutton has suggested Sakala could prove to be the missing piece of the puzzle up front.
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“Rangers have obviously jumped on Sakala,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“He’s had a decent season, 13 goals. For me, what he is is something different.
“Rangers haven’t got anyone like him, that kind of small, fast player that’s going to run in behind. He’s not really interested in playing one-twos. If teams are kind of squeezing up he can get in behind.
“So it sounds to me, I’ve seen a few clips of him, it would suit him to play with somebody.
“Whether this tinker Gerrard’s made with the number 10 and the two strikers as they look to the future is what Rangers might try and do with somebody with pace, it’s only exciting for the Rangers fans.”
Rangers have played predominantly with a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation this season.
However, Gerrard switched to a 4-3-1-2, with Roofe and Morelos leading the line, against Celtic on Sunday.
The tactical change worked a treat as both strikers netted on the way to a 4-1 win.