By George Overhill

6th Jul, 2022 | 11:40am

Rangers set to sign Antonio Colak with player due for Glasgow medical this week

The deal for Rangers to sign Antonio Colak is nearing completion with the player ready for a medical in Glasgow this week, according to The Athletic.

The Croatian international had been lined up for a move to Ibrox for some time, with both a fee and personal terms thought to have been agreed, but PAOK were not ready to complete the transfer until they had found a replacement.

But the 28-year-old is now on his way to the city to complete his medical as BBC journalist Fraser Fletcher had also reported earlier on Wednesday (6 July) on Twitter.

There have been varying reports on what the final transfer fee will be but it has been widely agreed that the up front cost is due to be £1.8million.

Rangers Review editor Jonny McFarlane has stated on Twitter that the same deal has been in place for a week at that price, ruling out new offers.

Jordan Campbell specifies in The Athletic report that the forward is due to sign for the Light Blues on a three-year contract.

Colak will be Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first signing of the summer.

Long awaited

It has taken a lot longer than anyone at the club would surely have liked but it looks like this deal is finally about to get across the line.

It can’t be entirely assumed until the medical is actually passed but everything is in line for the former Malmo loanee to be wearing a Bears shirt for the start of the season.

The manager needed another option at striker after ending the Europa League campaign deploying makeshift options in that position following injuries to Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe.

That run brought solid money in but it has taken some time for the club to spend any, and even with this one expected to be done soon it hasn’t required a huge outlay.

There could still be more cash coming in this summer if big names depart, although some of similar profiles have already been convinced to stay.

Colak should be set to play a greater role than the now-departed Cedric Itten did in the second half of the season just gone.

And after 19 goals on loan in Sweden, including at the expense of the Gers, followed by three more in limited minutes back at PAOK the signs are he will have more of an impact.

In other Rangers news, the club are not actively pursuing another highly-rated target on their radar, potentially allowing a rival to land him.