May 16, 2021

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Rangers catch 13-goal striker from Jupiler League

Rangers have secured the signing of Zambia striker Fashion Sakala from Belgian side KV Oostende.

Sakala has signed a pre-contract deal and will join a four-year deal in the summer.

The 24-year-old has scored 13 goals in 29 Jupiler League matches this season to put Ostend on course to qualify for the Europa League. His teammates include loaned Celtic defender Jack Hendry.

Rangers described the forward as “strong and passionate”.

Sakala said on Rangers’ website: “I am very excited to start this exciting journey with Rangers. It’s been one of my dreams, and I’m feeling like it’s a dream come true to join Rangers – one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“They have a great flag base and a great story, and I think we will share good memories together.

“As a player, you always strive to play for others – that is the most important strength that keeps me going. I know the Rangers have good players and I look forward to learning from them and delivering.

“In my role as a striker, I know what the club needs from me and what the fans expect. The club has good players and I just want to learn from them and try to bring something that helps the team get the results. ”

Manager Steven Gerrard claimed Sakala had the attributes to thrive on the European stage as the Rangers embark on a Champions League qualifying push.

Sports Director Ross Wilson feels the catch is an important step in their planning for the next period.

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‘Fashion has had an excellent season’

“He had a number of exciting clubs that he could move to this summer. But his enthusiasm for joining the Rangers was evident from early in our discussions, “Wilson added.

“Fashion has had an excellent season in Belgium. And we believe that he will develop further and still work with all our employees on the training ground.

“Fashion is a determined, humble and positive guy, and we are sure that he fits the group here.

“We wanted to add more pace and strength to the group during January and summer, and I’m glad we did, first with Scott Wright and now with Fashion Sakala.

“I know Steven and the coaches are happy to work with fashion and I’m sure he will further strengthen his growing reputation here at Rangers.”

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