The turnaround in Abdallah Sima has Rangers fans in borderline raptures. From Bambi on Ice for the first few weeks, maybe even couple of months, the Senegal star has absolutely done a ‘Ryan Kent’ and become an outstanding performer and probably Rangers’ best player right now.
See, Kent was lost for the first few months of his Rangers loan – it wasn’t working and he wasn’t having impact. But it all changed over the course of a few matches in that autumn – particularly Hearts and Rapid Wien. He never looked back after that, and he was made permanent the following summer.
Sima, also on loan of course, had the same slow lost lamb start – clumsy, messy, incompetent – it wasn’t going well at all, and there was nothing in his career CV to suggest anything else. His CV was poor, he hadn’t had a good time in football at all, and Ibrox Noise wasn’t alone in urging massive caution.
The one thing we were glad on was he was a loan.
But as we hit the same period, autumn, the former Praha winger has absolutely turned it around sensationally, and is Scotland’s top scorer, with performances massively improving match-by-match.
It all changed v PSV. That staggering stunning goal from nowhere after an otherwise awful first half showed this boy had talent. No one saw it coming, it was so inexplicable it was almost laughable, but he kept it going, didn’t he?
He’s just not stopped scoring and now surpasses Alfredo Morelos and Antonio Colak as the first Rangers player to score in five successive Rangers matches since… we have no idea in truth. They both did it for four matches, but Sima’s at five now. And he’s got 6 goals in those five matches.
His turnaround from shambolic no-hoper to Rangers’ best player is borderline impalpable, and now that he’s under a manager who 100% knows how to manage, we can only imagine him getting better.
The question now isn’t ‘can we get rid of him in winter’ it’s ‘can we sign him for less than £10M in the summer’.
Well done Abdallah, well done.