By Mike Slater

24th Jan, 2023 | 9:40am

Standard Liege midfielder Nicolas Raskin completed his Rangers medical in London on Friday 20 January, according to Le Soir.

The Belgian outlet reported on its website that the 21-year-old jetted into England without telling his current club during his two days off.

Raskin was then said to confirm his contract with the Bears on Saturday 21 January, with just a fee needing to be agreed, upon which shouldn’t be too much.

With exactly one week left in the transfer window, it is now really heating up.

Todd Cantwell was confirmed as the first arrival of the Michael Beale era on Monday 23 January, and based on these reports, there are more to come.

Midfield has clearly been identified as a weak spot, and it is now down to Rangers and Ross Wilson to agree a fee with Standard Liege for a player who is currently leaving for nothing in the summer.

No Excuse.

With Raskin currently exiled to the academy and not with the first team due to his desire to move away and turn down any new contract proposals, he is there for the taking.

Rangers look to have moved quickly to get his green light before going to Liege, which may not help, but given their desperation to get a fee rather than lose him for nothing should play into our hands.

Once the fee is done though, it should be done within hours given that all of the nitty-gritty has been completed with the medical and contract agreement.

Wilson needs to put his foot on the gas and do this as soon as possible, so he can then avoid getting too close to that dreaded deadline, it will then give him chance to look elsewhere if needed.

Morgan Whittaker at Swansea has been mentioned, but that deal is nowhere near as close as this one, it seems, so moving along and putting a rubber stamp on these transfers is critical.

In other Rangers news, official club partner says Michael Beale “can’t go on” with current players