International defender bids farewell to current club after agent confirms Rangers approach
By Harvey Byrne
Reported Rangers target Rashid Sumaila has bid farewell to current club Al Gharafa after his agent revealed the Ibrox giants had approached the centre-back.
The 24-year-old featured under Gers boss Pedro Caixinha at the Qatari club and has finished his loan from Kuwaiti club Qadsia SC.
He now looks set to be on the move once again and on Sunday evening Sumaila said his goodbyes to Al Gharafa via his personal Twitter account.
Alhamdulilah for everything.. big tanx to Allah to all the players..the managements.. the fans of gharafa nd everyone.tank u all???????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/8M3rQnLHKd
— Rashid Sumaila (@rashidsumaila37) May 8, 2017
The six-time capped Ghana international’s farewell come just three days after Sumaila’s Portuguese representative Pedro Serpa Pinto revealed to the Mail that the Ibrox club have made an initial approach to both the player and his parent club, Kuwait’s Al-Qadisa.
“I can confirm that Rangers have approached the player and informed his club in Kuwait,” Pinto explained to the Mail.
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“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.”
Caixinha has been working at Rangers for two months now after taking charge after the club’s 1-1 draw with fierce rivals Celtic.
He has since led the team to just four victories from eight matches, which have also resulted in two losses and two draws.
The Portuguese manager will now be drafting up potential targets for the summer and Sumaila, who has played 21 times in the Qatari top-flight this season could be a viable option.
In the meantime, Rangers will be looking to complete the season in good form and they are scheduled to face Hearts in the Premiership on Saturday.
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