By Joe Ellis

30th Jun, 2022 | 11:10am

Rangers may have to wait to sign Antonio Colak as 'problem' plagues PAOK boss

Rangers are inching ever closer to making PAOK striker Antonio Colak their next summer signing but they could be forced to wait a bit longer.

The Scottish Daily Mail (30 June, page 75) have reported that the 28-year-old has agreed personal terms with the Light Blues and that he is flying into Glasgow in preparation for a completed £1.8million transfer.

But despite almost everything being agreed by the clubs too, Giovanni van Bronckhorst may be made to wait to sign on the dotted line as PAOK manager Razvan Lucescu wants to find the Croatian’s replacement first.

“I can tell you I know about an offer for Antonio from a good club that for him could be important,” Lucescu said, as quoted by the Daily Record. “At the same time if Antonio leaves in the next few days it’s a problem as it leaves us with one striker.

“The official games are coming soon and it’s not easy to bring in new players. You need time. Time for negotiations, money, players that are available and not, players that have chemistry with us. So these are the two aspects and they are not so easy to be solved. From Antonio and from us.”

Can’t wait forever

You can totally see where Lucescu is coming from because no team wants to be left without a prominent figure up front but they need to get on with finding a new number nine.

We need Colak to get in and among our squad to start developing the relationships that are often vital on the pitch as well as off it and he can’t do that until all the paperwork is signed.

The season starts in one month’s time and if the Croatian is going to be starting that game then he needs to have spent plenty of time at the club already, not just a few days.

Luckily for van Bronckhorst, Alfredo Morelos is still here – for now – and should he be fit he will lead the line as well as he always does but the Colombian might not remain at Ibrox until the end of the transfer window.

It’s an annoying yet understandable delay but all we can do is hope that a resolution is found quickly and we can get this deal all done and dusted.

In other Rangers news, the Bears have delved into the Scottish Championship to sign a 16-year-old starlet from Inverness Caledonian Thistle for their academy.