By Doug Ward

24th Jan, 2023 | 5:40pm

Nicolas Raskin on verge of 'emergency' transfer to Rangers

By Peter Lynch

Rangers are closing in on Standard Liege midfielder Nicolas Raskin, who is on the verge of completing an “emergency exit” from the Belgian club.

According to Belgian outlet Walfoot, the 21-year-old has essentially completed a switch to Glasgow, agreeing a long-term contract with the Scottish outfit.

Rangers are keen to bring Raskin to Ibrox this month as they seek to reinforce their options in central midfield.

Time for Raskin to prove himself

The targeting of Raskin certainly makes sense from Michael Beale’s perspective, with Steven Davis sidelined until the end of the campaign.

Moreover, Ryan Jack has struggled with a calf injury this season, with young midfielder Charlie McCann recently making a switch to ​​Forest Green Rovers.

Regular midfielder Scott Arfield meanwhile is 34 years old, with Beale eager to fill his squad with younger faces.

Raskin is out of contract at Liege this summer, with the central midfielder – who can also play in defensive midfield – eager to play his football anywhere else than with his current club.

Such a situation has resulted in a so-called ‘emergency exit’ from the Belgian top division, with Rangers now ready to pounce.

The Belgian Under-21 international has made 18 appearances in all competitions this season for Liege, but he has not been included in the squad for his club’s last five matches.

All roads lead to a switch to Ibrox, as Rangers look to close the gap on Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic, which currently stands at nine points.

Questions have been asked about Raskin’s consistency, much like those asked of recent Rangers arrival Todd Cantwell. But both could prove hugely valuable signings to Beale should they hit the ground running straight away.

In other Rangers news, the Gers want to offer a four-and-a-half-year contract to seal the signing of this European ace.