By George Overhill

24th Apr, 2022 | 1:40pm

BBC's Leanne Crichton raves about 'really honest' Fashion Sakala for what he did in Rangers win

Rangers attacker Fashion Sakala “really stepped up” in the win at Motherwell, and showed he is an “honest” player according to Leanne Crichton.

The Zambian has been thrust into a key role due to Kemar Roofe being ruled out for at least the next three games, with Alfredo Morelos already done for the season.

In the 3-1 win at Fir Park he responded to Gers going down to 10 men and then being pegged back before half-time by exploding in the second period and creating both goals, via an assist for Scott Wright after riding challenges on a burst forward, and winning the penalty which James Tavernier scored.

Speaking on BBC Sportscene on Saturday night Crichton said: “I think second half Sakala really stepped up.

“What I like about him in these moments as well is he’s a really honest player.

“I think in the modern-day game, with shirt-pulls and things, you often see players just grind to a halt and they’re almost looking for the referee to book players.

“But he knows he’s in a good position here [ahead of Wright’s goal], he drives with the ball, he breaks the line, he makes it really difficult [for Motherwell]… it’s brilliant play from Sakala.

“Again [before winning the penalty] he could have had the wee knick there [and] went down outside the box but he stays on his feet.

“Sometimes you don’t get the just rewards for actually being honest and staying on your feet, because you maybe don’t get the decisions from the referee.

“He forces [Bevis] Mugabi to make the challenge and ultimately the penalty comes.”

Cometh the hour

In his first season in Glasgow the 25-year-old is proving himself to be an excellent signing, and as a free transfer at great value.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst announced a major blow to the Bears’ hopes of success in the final weeks of the season on Friday (22 April) when he revealed that Roofe would be joining Aaron Ramsey on the sidelines for the foreseeable future.

The Jamaican had filled in for Colombian talisman Morelos admirably over the previous three games, but with the Europa League semi-final first leg against RB Leipzig coming up this week, before a league Old Firm derby, the club were forced to find another alternative.

Sakala, and Wright, both made a statement that they can help shoulder the burden at the Steelmen.

Whether they will be enough against higher quality opposition is a reasonable question, but with 10 goals and five assists in all competitions this season Sakala has certainly proven to be a threat.

In other Rangers news, talkSPORT were singled out as former players were accused of “ignorance” over the rules of the game by an ex-referee and Gers fan.