By Doug Ward

24th Jun, 2022 | 11:10am

Rangers expect to reach agreement with PAOK to sign Antonio Colak, discussions with striker to open

Rangers are trying to sign PAOK striker Antonio Colak and are expected to reach an agreement with the Greek club, according to The National journalist Chris Jack.

Writing on the newspaper’s website on 23 June, the senior Rangers writer reported that Colak, 28, is “available for around £2million” this summer and the Gers are predicted to meet that valuation.

It is understood that once an agreement is reached with PAOK, it will allow the Scottish Cup champions to “open discussions” over personal terms with the Croatia international.

Getting closer?

Rangers have had a slow start to the summer transfer window.

John Souttar has been the only arrival so far but we knew that was going to happen back in January when he agreed a pre-contract deal with the Light Blues.

Instead, the club has spent time sorting out new contracts for the likes of Connor Goldson, Allan McGregor and Steven Davis.

While we’re happy to see them stay, we’d much rather have seen new deals drawn up for Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo and Alfredo Morelos.

The latter of those three is the most worrying because it’s not going to be easy for Rangers to replace a striker who’s scored 113 goals in 224 appearances across all competitions for the club.

Colak is a bit of a journeyman.

He’s currently on the books at PAOK in Greece but struggled to break into their starting line-up after a loan spell at Malmo ended back in the winter.

Colak, who’s a Croatia international who was born in Germany, has played for 10 different clubs in his senior career.

If Rangers become his 11th, we’d hope that he’ll spend more than a year or two in Glasgow and is able to replicate the form he showed at Malmo, where he scored 19 times in 40 outings.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have beaten overseas clubs to seal this new signing.