Rangers to announce Abdallah Sima as fifth summer signing

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Rangers to announce Abdallah Sima as fifth summer signing
Slavia Prague's Senegalese striker Abdallah Sima plays during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg football match between Arsenal and Slavia Prague at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 8, 2021. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP) (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

It is understood that Abdallah Sima, 22, is to become Michael Beale’s fifth summer signing, after the Senegal international agreed terms on a loan deal to swap Brighton for Ibrox, with option to buy, subject to medical.

The former Slavia Praha winger, who was widely-regarded as one of the Czech side’s best players, has failed to break into the Seasiders’ XI at all, not securing any appearances for Albion since joining from Praha in a £7M deal two years ago, instead being loaned out to the Championship and Stoke, only to struggle badly there too.

Brighton then gave him a chance at Angers where things fared fractionally better, with some goals an assists in France’s top flight, but on relegation his ‘adventure’ in Ligue 1 ended and he is back in England hoping this latest loan to Rangers is the spark his career desperately needs.

Michael Beale is hoping for similar – that the switch to Ibrox has the same effect upon Sima’s stuttering career as it did upon ex-Rangers winger Ryan Kent’s, who was similarly nomadic before finding his feet in Govan.

Sima, of course, is a right winger, so the opposite side to Kent, and will compete with Rabbi Matondo for the shirt in that position – it is being viewed that Sima will be first choice.

However, it will be the first time, pretty much in a lifetime, that Rangers will have two proper right wingers on that side, given the fact the club has lacked even one of them in the past decade, aside the mild exception that was the modest success of Daniel Candeias.

Despite Matondo not working out yet, Sima’s arrival now means Rangers have two RWs, and that’s healthy competition. The fact neither of them are in particularly high stock or form, and that both have seen their careers on something of a downward slide isn’t exactly the best, but it is the format Rangers tend to go with more often than not in transfer windows.

Sima will be announced this week.

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