Rangers manager Michael Beale has a ‘secret’ reason for signing Abdallah Sima

Rangers manager Michael Beale has a ‘secret’ reason for signing Abdallah Sima
Angers' French head coach Alexandre Dujeux (L) and Angers' Senegalese forward Abdallah Sima react at the end of the French L1 football match between SCO Angers and ES Troyes AC at The Raymond-Kopa Stadium in Angers, western France on May 27, 2023. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP) (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images)

Brighton winger Abdallah Sima has confirmed his time in France with loan side Angers has come to an end, and multiple sources have verified that Rangers are working with the Premier League outfit to secure a loan on the 22-year-old Senegal international.

His recent record, like ex-Atalanta striker Sam Lammers, is far from great, and indeed his last good season was that when he faced Rangers in the Europa League KO stage with former side Sparta Prague, which makes Ibrox Noise immensely sceptical of this signature, but then there’s a counter example:

Ryan Kent.

While Rangers fans hate him these days, at his best for Rangers he was literally devastating, and ruined many big teams practically single-handedly. Ask Antwerp, Celtic, Wien, and that wee team from Bundesliga called something Dortmund? Hearts were also repeated victims of Kent, but when he didn’t sign the new deal and lost a bit of focus in the final three months of his deal, fans turned on him.

But when he was good, he was immense, overshadowing new Real Madrid £120M signing Jude Bellingham back in the day.

And he was ALSO a complete nobody when he first came to Ibrox, a journeyman nomad who, at 22 like Sima is, was struggling in all the leagues he played in, with all the loans he went on.

Even at Ibrox it took him a few months to settle in but suddenly he burst to life and never looked back.

Sima could well be the same. On paper, this kid isn’t shining – he’s been good in his career but not for a long time, and as things stands he’s a busted flush.

But so was Kent. And manager Michael Beale appears to be drawing from the Kent success with regards Sima in the hope he can settle the winger down and get the best from him.

It is a risk for sure, but, again, so was Kent.

And bottom line is we are struggling for quality on that side of the pitch. Whatever formation Beale goes with next season, he needs a flanker for the right, given the only one we have is the uncertain Rabbi Matondo – Beale wants his own man there too, and consider Sima’s the answer.

Time will tell if he’s right.

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  1. Good point. On loan, so no cost, but hopefully a buy option in case we can tease a performance out of him

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