By Joe Ellis

7th Jul, 2022 | 12:10pm

Imminent Rangers signing Antonio Colak earns Ibrox icon comparison

Rangers are getting ever closer to completing their first summer signing with PAOK striker Antonio Colak in Glasgow for a medical.

The Scottish Sun reported that the 28-year-old would jet into Scotland on Wednesday (6 July) where he would undergo the customary medical checks before he is able to put pen to paper on his Rangers contract.

The Croatian is set to challenge Alfredo Morelos for the number nine shirt at Ibrox but former Bears ace Robert Prytz has compared Colak to another icon of the club.

“I expect Colak to do really well at Ibrox,” Prytz said to The Sun. “I saw a lot of him last year when he was at Malmo and I think he’ll fit into the Scottish game very well.

“It’s always dangerous to compare players with other players, but he’s more of a McCoist-type striker rather than a target man.

“He scored twice at Ibrox to help get Malmo into the Champions League group stages, which would have made the club a lot of money.

“But although they were keen to keep Colak they wouldn’t meet the asking price — so their loss is Rangers’ gain. He’s good with both feet and he can be used as a focal point for the team as well.”

Perfect

If we were missing anything without Morelos in the side towards the end of last season it was that proper presence up front that could occupy defenders.

Joe Aribo did fairly well in the Colombian’s absence but he simply does not possess that same gravitas as a striker and that isn’t a fault of his being a natural central midfielder, it is what it is.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst knew that was a problem area, especially with Kemar Roofe also out, and he’s gone and found his ideal replacement for a fairly cheap price too.

Everything Prytz has said about Colak seems to suggest he can offer us a different point of attack as he is much more aerially capable than the nippy Morelos is which could be handy late in games.

We do have to be cautious with our excitement because Cedric Itten was in a similar mould and he did not work whatsoever but there seems to be more to the Croatian’s game than just height.

In other Rangers news, this winger that has previously piqued van Bronckhorst’s interest has admitted that he is open to a move away from his current club.