Gerrard explains Sakala’s absence from pre-season camp

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Steven Gerrard has explained why Fashion Sakala hasn’t linked up with his new teammates for pre-season.

Sakala joined Glasgow Rangers on a four-year deal in May, but the Zambian winger has not arrived in Scotland where the Gers are currently preparing for the 2021/22 campaign.

Speaking to Glasgowlive.com, Gerrard said there is a few issues that have played a part in Sakala not being able to join the camp.

“We’ve got some passport and Covid-19 issues to get through first, but he’s very excited to join us as well.

“We need to add to it, so we’re actively working hard to bring some good players in alongside the recruitment already done in Jack Simpson, Scott Wright, Nnamdi Ofoborh and Fashion Sakala will join us in the coming days.”

Rangers comfortably won the Scottish Premiership last season and ultimately qualified for the 2021/22 Uefa Champions League, but the English mentor says he wants to add more players moving forward.

“The squad is in good shape, but it will be better in a few weeks when we add to it. It’s a very exciting time, but the message to send is myself, the staff and everyone around this group of players are going to push them even harder than we have before to make sure we add to the success. 55 isn’t gone though, it’s history and it’s fantastic.

“Fashion Sakala is coming in after a productive season in Belgium. He will make us a lot quicker, a lot more dynamic, and gives the squad a lot more pace in the forward areas, so I’m really excited to work with him. There’s potential there on a big scale.

“And there’s other areas of the team and squad where we’re actively working towards strengthening and come to the Champions League qualifiers, whether it’s the third round or the fourth, we’ll have a team and a squad ready to go and give it our best shot.”

Sakala played for three seasons in the Belgian Pro League and scored 24 goals in 80 appearances for KV Oostende.

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By FARPost reporter