Exclusive: Czech journalist issues Abdallah Sima alert to Rangers ahead of Slavia tie
Abdallah Sima is on the way to the top of European football and Rangers must be on high alert to contain him against Slavia Praha, according to Ondřej Zlámal.
In an exclusive interview with Ibrox News editor Nick Ware, Czech football reporter Zlámal, based in Prague, tipped 19-year-old Sima for a big move in the future and highlighted his strengths ahead of Thursday’s Europa League last 16 first-leg clash with Slavia.
He also gave the lowdown on the other Slavia stars that could cause trouble to the Gers after making light work of Leicester City in the previous round, winning 2-0 over two legs.
Zlámal told Ibrox News: “Sima is the revelation of the season for Slavia. He signed for the reserves in July 2020 and joined the A-team a month later. The Senegalese forward has scored 15 goals since then, including four in the UEFA Europa League.
“He and Peter Olayinka are the dangerous wingers who must be well-covered and this opens the space for the other midfielders. Sima is amazingly fast and scores beautiful goals with a calm finish or amazing header.
“I have been amazed by him and yes, he has talent to play in top European leagues, especially if he stays for some time in Slavia and improves tactically.”
The tie will also see Ianis Hagi reunited with his Romanian international teammate Nico Stanciu and Zlámal has tipped him to cause the Gers some issues, while backing three other stars to show their worth.
He said: “Stanciu is a great playmaker who can provide play-switching passes, he has been in great shape this year while Lukáš Provod in the midfield is the engine of the team.
“Also, the 20-year-old central defender David Zima played excellently against Leicester. Behind him Ondřej Kolář is a modern goalkeeper who is often involved in the distribution of the ball, playing as high as possible. But watch especially for a very strong team performance.”
Rangers certainly won’t be taking Slavia lightly and they will be have to be well aware of all of the talents in the team.
It sounds like the Czech outfit are strong in all departments and Steven Gerrard will have his work cut out to find a way past their strong defence while keeping Sima and co quiet at the back.
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