£4M Saudi bid waits for Sakala as Rangers striker clings onto Ibrox

£4M Saudi bid waits for Sakala as Rangers striker clings onto Ibrox
Rangers' Zambian forward Fashion Sakala (R) reacts next to Sparta Praha's Czech defender Ondrej Celustka during the UEFA Europa League Group A football match between AC Sparta Praha and Rangers FC in Prague on September 30, 2021. (Photo by Michal CIZEK / AFP) (Photo by MICHAL CIZEK/AFP via Getty Images)

Fashion Sakala is to leave Rangers after being told he has no future at the club, despite the striker’s desire to remain in Govan.

In echoes of Antonio Colak, a striker who very much wants to be part of Michael Beale’s Rangers is to be sold, regardless of what he desires, with the boss wanting the funds to aid with securing a defender.

Sakala’s agent has been negotiating the deal hard, and working to persuade the Zambian his future lies elsewhere, but the ex-Oostende man is not thrilled at not being wanted by Beale.

He wants to stay, but like Colak just has to grow up and accept he isn’t wanted, regardless of what he or some of the fans may think.

It’s the second time a player loved by (some) sections of the fans has been dumped by this manager, and while we want players who want to play for us, as Sakala and Colak do and did, Beale’s decision is final.

He’s spent £14.5M on four new forwards/strikers, and that is a big message to the Sakalas of this world.

As for the offer, it remains the £4M bid from the now-named Al Fayha, and Beale has accepted, Rangers have accepted, and Sakala’s agent is trying to complete the finishing touches to convincing his client to clear out of Ibrox.

Ibrox Noise definitely rated Colak a lot higher than Sakala, so we were infinitely less happy about the Croat’s exit than we are about Sakala’s, but either way, it’s two players who wanted to be here and the manager wasn’t interested.

Sakala will sort this move out inside days, if he can be persuaded to go through with it.

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