Rangers wary of £5M on Abdallah Sima permanent deal

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Rangers wary of £5M on Abdallah Sima permanent deal
SEVILLE, SPAIN - DECEMBER 14: Abdallah Sima of Rangers celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during a UEFA Europa League Group C Match between Real Betis and Rangers FC at Estadio Benito Villamarin on December 14, 2023 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

We are immensely wary of Abdallah Sima’s latest begging cap in the direction of Rangers, trying to persuade the club to sign him permanently.

Don’t get us wrong, the forward is a talented finisher, and has scored a lot of goals for the minutes he’s played.

But so did Kemar Roofe, and therein lies the problem – Sima missed an absolute tonne of football through injury this season, and it’s very telling that the quotes about how he loved the club only really started after his injuries kicked in.

In the early days, he did say he was happy at the club, but he was a lot less committal about staying at that point – once the injuries flowed the rhetoric began to flow about wanting to remain in Govan.

This is not to be unfair on him – he’s actually overturned his early dodgy performances by becoming such a good scorer – overall 18 assists and goals in 39 appearances. A fraction short of 1 in 2.

But those injuries are a big concern:

“It’s not up to me. I feel at home and I’m happy to be here [Rangers]. I’ve given everything for this shirt. I feel everyone wants to stay in a place that feels like home, so we will see in the next few weeks. I think I can be proud of my season and happy with what I’ve contributed. I wanted to do more but of course I had a bad moment with my injury, which ruled me out for a long time. But I’m always looking forward and I’m not looking back.”

Sima is happy at Rangers. And he wants to stay.

But we just can’t endorse £5M on his fee if he’s going to miss another 2-4 months with injury, or more. The only outcome that keeps Rangers safe is another loan, because another season of a Danilo or Sima or Cortes is not good going forward. We need our players fit and available, and splashing out big money on players who end up injured just won’t help.

We’re very wary of a permanent signing here.

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