By Kevin Phillips

9th May, 2021 | 7:42am

Kevin Phillips makes 'surprise' claim after Rangers finalise Sakala signing

Rangers fans left unimpressed with the signing of Fashion Sakala should trust Steven Gerrard’s judgement. 

That’s according to Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Rangers’ transfer business.

Last week, Rangers announced the pre-contract signing of Sakala from Belgian side KV Oostende.

Sakala, 24, is the club’s joint-top scorer this season with 13 goals in the Belgian first division.

He mainly operates as a centre forward but is able to play on both flanks, similarly to Kemar Roofe.

Rangers have had success in their previous recruitments from the Jupiler Pro League in Roofe and Ianis Hagi.

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Phillips claims the capture of Sakala won’t excite fans but told the Gers faithful to trust Gerrard’s judgement.

When asked if Rangers fans will be excited by the arrival of Sakala, Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, “No, I wouldn’t think so. 

“At the end of the day, they need to back Steven Gerrard’s decision making and they have done that before. 

“His judgement, his recruitment departed, they haven’t done a lot wrong since he went to Rangers. 

“The fans might be surprised but some might be excited as well. He can come and be a success, let’s see how it goes.”

Sakala joins Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe as potential striking options at Ibrox.

The Gers are next in action on Wednesday when they travel to the Tony Macaroni Stadium to face Livingston.

In other news, Rangers tipped to accept Premier League offer for senior ace with unfinished business in England.