By George Overhill

24th Feb, 2023 | 5:10pm

Rangers have “pulled off a massive transfer coup” by signing former trialist Thompson Ishaka ahead of PSV Eindhoven, All Nigeria Soccer reports.

The 18-year-old winger had previously spent time with the B Team last season and impressed but was unable to sign at the time due to his age.

Chelsea and Manchester City were both apparently considering bringing him in for a trial, while Eredivisie side PSV were “pushing” to sign him, but it appears the Light Blues have won the race.

According to the latest report on Friday (24 February) the Nigerian youngster has already signed his deal with the club and all that is now waiting is the official announcement.

Ishaka is currently with Brian Gilmour’s side at the AMF Tournament in Morocco, and “everything is pointing to” him starting his Gers career with the B Team.


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There is clearly a long way to go between impressing on trial and making an impact for the first team at Ibrox, but it looks like Ishaka has already completed a major step along that journey.

Dynamism out wide is something that Rangers have been crying out for at times over the past 18-months, with Ianis Hagi’s injury seeing a revolving cast of players used opposite Ryan Kent.

And with the English star still potentially leaving Glasgow in the summer there obviously may be a need for players to fill the void.

Fashion Sakala is establishing himself as a key man under Michael Beale but is arguably more of a forward than a winger, and while Hagi has returned to action at long last nobody has staked an undisputed claim.

A lot is expected of Alex Lowry in terms of youngsters, while Scott Wright and Rabbi Matondo are also options for that role.

But if Ishaka has the quality to have some of the Premier League giants taking notice from England then this could be a steal, and if he can continue with the encouraging signs he has shown so far perhaps it won’t be too long before he can show them what they’ve missed south of the border.

Supporters will now be awaiting the announcement with some anticipation.

In other Rangers news, a Celtic hero has admitted Beale wasn’t wrong about his assessment of Chris Sutton’s Chelsea career.