Millwall boss Gary Rowett raves about Abdul Abdulmalik amid Rangers link
Rangers have registered interest in Millwall striker Abdul Abdulmalik, and manager Gary Rowett thinks he would likely leave.
Rangers fans have probably never heard of the young Englishman, but he is someone who Bears across Glasgow should be excited about potentially signing.
The 18-year-old has been offered a fresh professional deal by the English club, but he is keen on leaving [Daily Mail], and that could be good news for the us.
The Scottish Premiership giants are preparing for the future, and landing the highly-rated Abdulmalik could save us some millions and earn us much more going forward.
Rowett has raved about the youngster, but thinks his agent is pushing him towards an exit this summer.
“I know he is a player that the club have offered a new deal to,” the Millwall said. [London News]
“He’s a player that we think highly of, he has done really well in his first season at U23 level. He has trained with the first-team on numerous occasions. We don’t want to sell our younger players. We want them coming through and effecting our first team.
“It’s not something we want to happen, but we’re also aware that there are a lot of clubs trying to attract the best young players at other clubs – that’s just the nature of football.
“We think he has a really good future and could challenge for our first team. It shows what good work the academy are doing. What you can’t change is sometimes a young agent trying to convince a young player that suddenly there is something better out there.”
He bagged four goals in six games in the Youth Cup for Millwall’s Under-18s last season, helping them clinch the Professional Development League title and reach the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals in 2019-20.
The future is bright for the youngster, and pipping clubs north of the border to his signature would be massive.
While we are not the favourites in the race for the teenager, with Arsenal and Swansea also keen [Daily Mail], the fact that nothing has been agreed yet means that we could still have a chance.
With Abdulmalik eyeing first-team football, his chances of making his senior bow at Rangers sooner or later are higher compared to the other sides.
Millwall are not giving up on persuading him to sign, but are clearly not in a commanding position in the talks.
Rangers and other suitors would have to part with compensation fees to land him, and he appears to be worth going after given that he is good enough to attract a team like Arsenal.
The Light Blues academy team are in the Lowland Football League next term, and Abdulmalik could use the platform to develop himself should a move work.
We could be landing a serious player if we go all out after him.
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