Rangers’ Champions League foes break transfer record with Nigerian deal
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Rangers’ Champions League foes break transfer record with Nigerian deal

Rangers’ Champions League foes Union Saint Gilloise have broken their transfer record to sign Nigerian striker Victor Boniface, but he will not be available to face the Ibrox side.

The Belgian Pro League club have moved to recruit the 21-year-old forward from Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt on a reported £1.8m deal [Soccernet].

The fact the club’s record is just shy of £2m shows the level of investment at Union Saint-Gilloise and the apparent disparity in spending at Ibrox and the Belgian club.

“The Union is getting stronger with a new striker in the person of Victor Boniface!” Reads a club statement.

“Victor, a 1.89m Nigerian is 21 years old and has until now played for the surprising Norwegian formation of Bodø/Glimt.

“With his Norwegian club, he not only won 2 league titles, but also qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League, notably beating Roma (6-1) and Celtic (1-3).

“In three years, our last defector has scored 23 goals and offered 8 assists in 66 games in northern Norway.

“From now on, Victor Boniface is a Unionist until 2026 with a 1 year option! Welcome Victor!”

Union Saint Gilloise announce signing of Rangers’ Victor Boniface

The Victor Boniface move also comes amid some confusion surrounding earlier signings at Union Saint Gilloise potentially being available against Rangers.

Swedish striker Gustaf Nilsson and Dutch/Moroccan midfielder Oussama El Azzouzi were both signed in the run up to the game with the latter eventually making the bench in Belgium.

Despite confirming the move before the first leg with Rangers, the transfer came too late for Victor Boniface to be a part of the 2-0 USG victory over the Light Blues.

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Rangers were abject in Belgium as the Pro League runners up put two past Jon McLaughlin and being realistic the Glasgow club were lucky to escape with their faint Champions League hopes in tact.

The move for Victor Boniface highlights the ambitions of the Belgian club but also their status in the European game and Rangers fans remain livid over the Gers’ showing on the continent.

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