Rangers praised for Raskin transfer with comparison made to World Cup winner Gattuso
Rangers have been praised for their capture of Nicolas Raskin, who has been likened to Rino Gattuso by former Belgium boss, Roberto Martinez.
The one-time Motherwell player stated that he sees a similar dynamic, combative style in Raskin to that which defined the World Cup winner, who featured with distinction for AC Milan long after his spell in Glasgow.
Martinez believes that Rangers will benefit significantly from their decision to make an early move for the 22-year-old in the January window.
Martinez is quite familiar with the former Standard Liege player, describing him as a standout, very clever signing as reported by the Glasgow Times.
“The personality Nicolas has, he is a fighter, a winner, a great competitor,” he said.
“I loved working with him. I only worked with him at one stage and it was because of the personality that he brings.
“It reminds me of another former Rangers player, Gattuso. He’s got that dynamic approach being a number 8 that he can be box to box, but he’s got the quality when he gets on the ball, and nothing fazes him.”
Chip off the old block
Alongside Todd Cantwell, Raskin has been a rare bright spark in an otherwise desperately dull season for Rangers.
The January acquisitions will benefit significantly from an early introduction to life at Ibrox, as manic as it can be.
They are currently witnessing the extent of the pressure and criticism that comes when the team is not fulfilling expectations but that can’t be said of the individual performances of the duo.
If Michael Beale can turn things around, they will witness the intoxicating highs and adulation that comes with success in Govan, which is the incentive for a clearly talented player like Raskin.
He has already displayed his ability in flashes so when he settles further with the benefit of a full pre-season, he just needs to ensure that his application is spot on and the rest will follow.
This is a player who should be aiming to excel at Rangers, as long as he can fulfil his significant potential on a consistent basis.