If one Rangers man is feeling a lot better about himself this morning at Ibrox, it’s Senegal’s Abdallah Sima. One of the most derided signings this summer, especially by Ibrox Noise, one look at the ex-Slavia man’s CV painted a picture of a fail of a career, a very poor acquisition and with a real lack of understanding why we were signing this guy.
Ibrox Noise did point out that he wasn’t just a winger though, but a striker, and had quite a few goals to his credit throughout his career, so this wasn’t just Rangers signing a supposed replacement for Ryan Kent, but a potential goal-getter up top as well.
And in every competition he’s got a goal – 4 goals for the season for the four competitions Rangers are in or have been in, so while not Erling Haaland, he’s giving strikes in there.
But we’ve been very wary and scathing of him. It’s hard to judge someone who screws up 3 things, but then does one, maybe two brilliant ones.
The rank-rotten display v PSV before ‘that’ goal set the tone for the moments of magic the boy had, while highlighting how poor he was otherwise, and has shown that he’s been a dichotomy of brilliant and hopeless.
But last night was a bit different. His goal was a foul, no question, it should have been ruled out, but the finish was absolutely spectacular. And he offered a lot as well besides this. Got lucky with his second goal but it was team play – he was trying to cross for Cyriel Dessers.
The impression we get from him is Fashion Sakala Mk 2, but instead of playing for himself, as Sakala did, Sima absolutely is a team player.
Are we saying he’s Kevin De Bruyne now? No, of course not – but v Livi Sima showed the first signs of being able to keep the good stuff up, while minimising the nonsense, and for the first time, we actually found ourselves liking him and seeing what he brings.
Sometimes a player needs the right club/environment/manager to get the best of them – it’s evident that Sima hasn’t had that in his career yet. Are we saying Rangers are? We might be closer to it than he’s had before.
All he has to do is keep it up and keep improving.