Rangers-bound Matt Crooks is a lump, says Colin West

Rangers have signed Accrington Stanley’s Matt Crooks on a pre-contract.

Former Rangers forward Colin West has been singing the praises of Matt Crooks in The Daily Record.

Crooks, currently on the books of Accrington Stanley, will join Rangers in the summer after signing a pre-contract with the Scottish Championship side, as reported by BBC Sport.

West, who played for Rangers in the 1980s, is confident that the 21-year-old will be a success at Ibrox despite being a “lump”.

“Big Crooksy is a lump but he can handle a football,” the 53-year-old told The Daily Record. “I wasn’t sure he would succeed as a centre-half but because of his ability, he’s settled into midfield.

“He can do both jobs for Rangers but Mark will have watched him mainly as a midfielder so that’s where I see him playing.”

Crooks started his professional club football career at Huddersfield Town and moved to Stanley on a permanent contract in February 2015. The 21-year-old is a versatile player who can play as a defender, a midfielder or a striker.

The youngster would find it tough to break into the Rangers’ starting lineup rightaway, but he is certainly a player who can succeed in the long term.

Rangers are at the top of the Scottish Championship table at the moment with 47 points from 19 matches. Mark Warburton’s side are three points clear of second-placed Falkirk and also have a game in hand.

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