Rangers may have to go to tribunal to sign striker Abdul Abdulmalik
Rangers may have to go to a tribunal to agree a compensation fee to sign striker Abdul Abdulmalik, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper claims that Abdulmalik, 18, has left Millwall after his contract expired but the London club are set to receive a compensation fee for training the young centre-forward.
It is understood that Millwall are digging their heels in over a fee for the in-demand teenager, who’s attracting interest from Rangers, Arsenal, Watford and Swansea, who’ve seen a compensation offer of £200,000 plus add-ons rejected.
Is it worth it?
Rangers will no doubt find it tough to sign Abdulmalik.
He’s a young lad and there’s no doubt that a move to Premier League clubs like Watford and Arsenal, who aren’t ridiculously far away from Millwall, are more attractive than a move to Glasgow.
We can understand that for an 18-year-old but Millwall need to realise that they are holding back this young Englishman’s career.
A tribunal is an unwanted outcome for all clubs.
It means that the deal takes months, even years, to be settled so an agreed compensation fee is way better for everyone involved.
Millwall won’t want him to go to Rangers as Scottish clubs don’t have to pay as much compensation as clubs in English leagues do.
That puts us in a good position in that regard because it means we won’t have to pay as much as a team like Swansea.
It’s doubtful that Abdulmalik is seen as a first-team signing this summer and is likely to be one for the Colts and someone who can shine in the future.
In other Rangers news, Gerrard is in desperate talks with the board over the future of this Gers star.