By Noel Whelan

26th Jul, 2021 | 7:00pm

Whelan: 'Everything falling into place' at Rangers after Sakala reveal via Campbell

Fashion Sakala reportedly rejected a string top European clubs to join Rangers – and that proves “everything is falling into place” at Ibrox.

So says ex-Scottish Premiership forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 24-year-old striker and new Rangers signing.

The Atheltic‘s Jordan Campbell reported on 26th July that Sakala rejected offers from all of Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues before opting for Rangers.

It is claimed that Sakala was impressed after meeting with manager Steven Gerrard and sporting director Ross Wilson.

The Zambian goalscorer later agreed a four-year pre-contract deal with the Scottish champions in May.

Whelan asserts that the former Oostende hitman’s eagerness to sign shows how smoothly things are running behind the scenes at Ibrox.

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“It’s about the club being run right and the manager that’s there,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“When you have these things, you can see everything falling into place. You can tell how the club is being run by the way they stormed through the league last season.

“And you’re going to want to work with Steven Gerrard. He has that label and that history about him as a player and now as a manager.

“So why would you not want to go to a massive club like Rangers, play in the Champions League and have that opportunity to help retain the title?

“It seems like a really happy place to be. They are smooth sailing at the moment.

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