Nicolas Raskin has arrived at Auchenhowie to complete his transfer to Rangers, after the Govan side agreed a £1.75M fee with Standard Liege, including a reported 10% sell-on, for what is being suggested as a 3-and-a-half year deal at this point.
The 21-year-old midfielder, a rising star of Belgian football, has been subject of a slightly protracted transfer saga involving his own major fall out with Liege boss and former Celtic manager Ronny Deila, after the ex-Parkhead boss decided Raskin’s behaviour was not to his liking and cast him into the reserves.
Raskin, for his part, disputes his former manager’s claims, and we don’t blame him, given we wouldn’t trust Deila as far as we can throw him.
And as it turns out, Raskin just needs to sign the paperwork at Rangers’ Training Centre, which is likely to already have taken place at the time of writing, before the official announcement of his arrival finally takes place.
It will bring to an end a very long affair, with ons and offs throughout, amid a late intervention from some other European giants namely Napoli, with regards competition for the lad’s signature, but Raskin was only interested in Rangers from the start, clearly wanting to get away from Liege and a dodgy manager, in favour of what he can have at Ibrox.
Raskin is a huge talent, an excellent defensive midfielder whose arrival gives manager Michael Beale an excellent pool of depth in the middle – Raskin joins John Lundstram and Ryan Jack, with Glen Kamara’s Rangers future also seeming to be ongoing for the time being after no offers, as yet, materialised.
Raskin, like Todd Cantwell, will 100% be a starter when fit, and it remains to be seen who his main partner will be – John Lundstram is likely to get the nod, assuming the two can play together.
But that’s for another day. Raskin is a Rangers player, we’re just waiting on it being official now amid lots of tweets from the club with the new boy holding our scarf and shirt aloft.
We are very excited indeed by this signing.