Alex McLeish: Rangers can beat British clubs to 'cracking' Abdul Abdulmalik - Exclusive
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Alex McLeish has insisted that Rangers could beat British clubs to the signing of Millwall forward Abdul Abdulmalik this summer.
The Daily Mail has linked the Bears, Arsenal and Swansea with a move for the 18-year-old, with his contract running out next month.
Steven Gerrard would have to pay less compensation than the others due to cross-border rules, and McLeish believes he could take advantage.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “I would think it is just a matter of common sense.
“Rangers will have to look at other youngsters out of Ibrox set up, and you often hear of a cracker at some stage from the recruitment team.”
Abdulmalik would go straight into the academy at Auchenhowie, but with the chance to jump into the first-team training.
With Jermain Defoe now on the coaching staff under Gerrard, there won’t be many better clubs for young talents such as this.
Imagine moving from London to Glasgow to work with two of the best English players of the past few decades every single day.
Abdulmalik hasn’t had that opportunity at Millwall, and Joe Aribo is here to tell him just how worth it a move up north is.
McLeish wants to see this one happen, and we can’t think of many who wouldn’t be on the same boat.