Colombian striker Juan Alegria has confirmed that he is on the verge of joining Rangers from Finnish outfit FC Honka.
As quoted by Glasgow Live, the player himself has revealed that the deal is close to completion, with only the final details left to be resolved.
Alegria will no doubt be a popular figure at Ibrox once the deal is confirmed, following his comments about Rangers’ current standing in Scotland, in what appears to be a thinly-veiled dig at Celtic.
He said: “Together with my family, we are studying and finalising details to transfer me to Rangers – a great team who are the best in Scotland and highly recognised in European football.”
Alegria’s impending move to Rangers has been on the cards for some time, with the player’s father also seemingly confirming a deal was close.
Be patient – he is one for the future
Details of Alegria’s move to Rangers remain unclear at this stage. It had been suggested previously that it could be an initial loan, while the Glasgow Live report speculates that it could be a permanent move, with the youngster then loaned out straight away for regular game time.
Either way, supporters should not be expecting fireworks from the 18-year-old if and when the deal goes through.
While he is following the same path as Alfredo Morelos, the latter was 20 when he made the move to Scotland and had more regular top-flight football under his belt.
Described as more of an ‘advanced goal scorer’ when compared to Morelos by South American football expert Simon Edwards, it would appear that Alegria has all the traits to suit Scottish football, utilising his pace and physical prowess.
However, he is only 18 years of age and Steven Gerrard has a wealth of attacking options ahead of him, so the Gers must be patient with their next young star.
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