Imminent Rangers exit links quashed as first-teamer spotted at Ibrox
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Imminent Rangers exit links quashed as first-teamer spotted at Ibrox

Claims that Rangers attacker Fashion Sakala is set to move to Ligue 1 Auxerre have been quashed by the striker’s appearance in a pre-season friendly against West Ham.

Lionel Charbonnier sparked rumours the Zambian international was set to move to France with a tweet earlier in the week based on information that he’d heard.

This was then backed up by Clyde Superscoreboard, who announced on their Monday night show that the forward looked set to move to Auxerre.

This comes after links to the French side earlier in the month.

But as Rangers welcomed Premier League West Ham to Ibrox, the striker was a second-half substitute and all the links have sparked something of a debate on the player’s future.

Undoubtedly a popular player amongst the fans personally, there is some conjecture regarding his influence on the squad and a lot of it is not always fair.

Having signed from KV Oostende, Fashion Sakala might not have made a first-team slot his own last season but impressed enough to hit 12 goals in his first campaign.

After a year in Scotland, and with this talented Dutch coaching staff behind him, there are real hopes that the forward can kick on improve on some of the poorer aspects of his game.

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Not lacking in effort, there’s an often unfair perception that Fashion Sakala is poor on the ball and whilst he is undoubtedly a rough diamond, for me this is often overplayed.

There is something in the 25-year-old and be it from the start or from the bench, Sakala’s pace and athleticism, as well as his ability to create and finish chances, can be a real asset to the Rangers side.

If the club can harness what is clear talent and smooth off those rough edges, there’s no reason why Fashion can’t make a bigger impression.

It’s a view that appears to be shared by the club too; according to Rangers insiders Heart & Hand the attacker is “not leaving” this summer.

If you ask us that’s a good thing and whilst his second half appearance against West Ham summed up why so many are frustrated with Sakala, it also showed a lot of what he can do too.

With his pace, directness and ability to carry the ball Fashion Sakala can be a real threat and all Rangers need is to help him add a little composure to his game to help him become that regularly.

Write the Zambian off early at your peril…

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