Confusion surrounds USG signing as UEFA website drops Rangers hint

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Confusion surrounds USG signing as UEFA website drops Rangers hint

Union Saint Gilloise have announced the signing of Dutch/Moroccan midfielder Oussama El Azzouzi ahead of their Champions League qualifying clash with Rangers.

The Belgian outfit have added the 21-year-old playmaker from Dutch outfit FC Emmen after he helped the Dutch club to promotion to the Eredivisie last season.

The ex-Vitesse and Groningen youth played in 36 matches for the Dutch club last season, laying on five assists and scoring one goal as they topped the nation’s second tier.

However, according to reports in the Netherlands it is not clear if Oussama El Azzouzi will be available to face Rangers in Q3 of Champions League qualification [RTV Drenthe].

As things stand, the midfielder has not been included in the official UEFA Champions League squad for USG on the governing body’s official website.

Despite the doubts, El Azzouzi has been pictured in training ahead of the match between Rangers and Union Saint Gilloise.

Oussama El Azzouzi joins Union Saint Gilloise, doubts surround Rangers involvement

Midfielder Oussama El Azzouzi joins ahead of Rangers’ visit to Belgium in the third round of Champions League qualification and comes amid a call for recruitment from manager Karl Geraerts.

Geraerts, who was assistant coach to former boss and now Anderlecht manager Felice Mazzu, had appealed to the club’s Brighton-linked bosses to recruit more players this summer.

This came after a 1-1 draw in their Jupiler Pro League opener to Sint-Truidense, which they have since followed up with a 1-0 over Charleroi.

Photo by LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images

“I am in constant communication with the board and I am convinced that they will quickly do their job so that we have a complete squad,” said Geraerts [Daily Record].

“I expect some reinforcements in the coming days. But despite everything, I have full confidence in my current group, which has prepared well.”

Since then the Belgians have added the likes of Swedish striker Gustaf Nilsson to their squad, who netted 21 times in 50 games for German third division club Wehen Wiesbaden, but the German is also not included in the UEFA squad.

If both Nilsson and and Oussama El Azzouzi, who comes highly-rated from FC Emmen, are not involved it will come as a boost to Rangers’ chances in the match, but whether both or either will be late additions to the USG squad has not yet been confirmed by UEFA.

Rangers have already headed out towards Belgium for the clash with Union Saint Gilloise and will be hoping to improve on last season’s underwhelming QR3 defeat to Swedish champions Malmo.

One player’s Champions League snub has also been explained by manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst as the defender heads for the Ibrox exit door.