By Joe Ellis

4th May, 2022 | 7:40am

Rangers ace Fashion Sakala lavished with praise by Zambia boss Aljosa Asanovic

Rangers had to come from behind to draw the Old Firm derby on Sunday and it was Fashion Sakala who turned up when it mattered to earn a point.

The Zambian international is starting to find his feet in Scotland and looks to be getting better and better with every game he plays, even though he is being used out of position at the moment.

The natural winger has had to play as the central striker due to injuries to Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe and has come up trumps for Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

His national team manager, Aljosa Asanovic, was delighted to see the 24-year-old score at the weekend in an interview with the Scottish Sun.

“I really love this guy Sakala,” Asanovic said. “He’s an excellent player. He’s got speed, he’s got skill and he can shoot.

“In football terms, he has everything. And he’s a really good guy as well. I watched the Celtic v Rangers game last Sunday, and I was so happy to see Sakala scoring.

“You could tell by the way he reacted when the goal went in how happy it made him to make a mark in such a big fixture.

“It was just a shame his second shot hit the post or he would have had a perfect day!”

Momentum

With the second leg of their Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig arriving rapidly on the horizon, van Bronckhorst might be tempted to bring Roofe back in if the Jamaican international is fit to play tomorrow evening.

But after he’s just scored a big goal in the club’s season only days ago, it would be unjust to drop Sakala without giving him another run-out to try and turn the tie in their favour.

The 1-0 defeat in Germany has put the Light Blues only slightly on the back foot with home advantage in the return leg likely to be a big factor in determining the result.

Sakala is the player with all the momentum on the pitch and it would be a huge risk from the manager to bring Roofe in after no minutes for a few weeks to lay in such an intense game.

Logic dictates that Sakala starts the game and Roofe can perhaps come off the bench, if his fitness allows, if the Gers are still in need of a goal or two in the second half of the game.

In other Rangers news, van Bronckhorst’s side could have an abhorrent fixture list next season if they need qualifiers to reach European competition.