By Saikat Mandal

25th Apr, 2022 | 10:15am

Keith Jackson: Rangers forward Fashion Sakala will be big risk v Leipzig

Rangers will travel to Germany to face RB Leipzig in the Europa League semi-final first-leg on Thursday evening.

The Gers are short of options upfront following the injury to Kemar Roofe, and Giovanni van Bronckhorst has a big decision to make.

Keith Jackson, a columnist for The Daily Record, has suggested that using Fashion Sakala upfront will be too much of a risk.

“It could be that one of them will be thrown into the deep end against Leipzig, assuming Van Bronckhorst has already seen enough of Fashion Sakala to suspect that the Zambian is not yet a natural fit there,” wrote Jackson for The Daily Record.

“Sakala did lead the line for Rangers in Braga but operating with his back to goal looked like hard work for a player who wants to drive at opponents from wider areas.

“In fact, given the manner in which Sakala struggled to make any kind of impact that night in Portugal, Van Bronckhorst may think it would simply be too much of a risk.

“But Sakala’s lightning pace could be better used on the wing.”

Lack of options

This is a massive opportunity for Sakala to show his class on the biggest stage. 

The Zambian forward was heavily impressive against Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership clash over the weekend. 

With Roofe and Alfredo Morelos missing, Giovanni van Bronckhorst needs to find a way to counter the problem. 

The Dutchman can still put his trust in Sakala for this game after his impressive performance on Saturday but there’s an element of risk attached to it. 

Sakala was used against Braga in the first leg against Portugal and he was completely ineffective. His direct style of play along with his lightning pace is better used on the wings. 

Van Bronckhorst could take a left out of Pep Guardiola’s book as Manchester City are an expert operating with a traditional striker. The same can be said about Liverpool as well. 

It shows that Rangers can still use someone – could be Joe Aribo or Ryan Kent or Scott Arfield – in the false role and get the job done. 

In other Rangers news, One 25-year-old could now be deemed as surplus to requirements at Ibrox this season.