Rangers striker Fashion Sakala is out of Zambia’s upcoming international friendlies after testing positive for Covid-19, according to the Zambian FA.

Sakala and his international teammates were due to face Congo in Turkey on Friday before facing Guinea in Paris four days later.

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However, FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala confirmed Sakala’s positive test for Covid [African Football], meaning the Rangers star will miss out on adding to his cap haul.

The Rangers star is one of three forwards missing for Zambia for the friendly double-header, joining Leicester City striker Patson Daka and Amazulu attacker Augustine Mulenga in withdrawing from the squad.

Sakala’s positive test came after the Gers win over Dundee on Sunday in the Scottish Premiership which saw the summer signing come off the bench as a second-half substitute for the Light Blues.

The Zambian was one of a number of Rangers players due to represent their country, with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Glen Kamara, Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Jack and Fil Helander among those headed off on international duty.

It’s unclear whether the striker has already travelled to meet up with his teammates or if he is still in Scotland – and it could see him out of contention for next month’s Old Firm clash.

While Sakala should be out of isolation a few days before the Premiership clash with Celtic, his lack of training may see him a little rusty going into the season-defining game.

Rangers fans have plenty of bigger things to worry about off the field at the moment as the club’s Board and a group of shareholders engage in a pretty damaging online spat.

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