Michael Stewart backs Fashion Sakala to have big Rangers impact v RB Leipzig on BBC Sportscene
Michael Stewart has singled out Rangers forward Fashion Sakala ahead of the huge Europa League clash with RB Leipzig.
The Zambian started up top in the 3-1 win over Motherwell and set up the second and third goals with the Bears down to 10 men.
Stewart admitted that Sakala’s pace and power are a threat to anyone, no matter how big of a task this looks to be in Germany with Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos.
Speaking on BBC Sportscene last night [24 April], Stewart picked out the forward who can make all the difference.
“He’s got great energy and great pace,” he said. “When he gets his legs open and he’s running at defences, it’s difficult for the opposition.
“Obviously, with Roofe being out, I don’t think there will be any doubt in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s mind that he will look for Sakala to play there.
“When you’re potentially playing teams in Europe away from home and you have someone like Sakala, who can stretch opponents and get in behind, he could be a great out ball. It’s a massive game.”
What a huge opportunity this is for not only Rangers, but for Sakala himself on the biggest stage of them all this season.
Getting to a major competition semi-final in Europe is a massive achievement, and now the final in Seville is really in sight.
Having come from Belgium too, Sakala had little, if no taste for Europe in his career before the chance at Ibrox, and now he is the main man.
Obviously missing Roofe and Morelos is a gigantic blow, but it gives more responsibility to someone who could truly thrive off that.
Van Bronckhorst won’t put pressure on Sakala, but the player should surely know that this is a chance for him to go down in history.
It is all about using that speed to his advantage, running the channels, and putting the ball in the net if that chance pops up.
We already can’t wait, bring it on.
In other Rangers news, One 25-year-old could now be deemed as surplus to requirements at Ibrox this season