Gor Mahia chairman confirms Rangers approach for Khalid Aucho

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates after being promoted to the Scottish Premiership

The Ugandan midfielder has been linked with joining the Mark Warburton Rangers revolution at Ibrox.

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Gor Mahia’s club chairman Ambrose Rachier has now confirmed that the club has received an offer from Glasgow Rangers for 22-year-old midfielder Khalid Aucho.

The Ugandan has been linked with Rangers over the past fortnight and Rachier is now quoted as telling Goal.com that the Kenyan club have received an offer from the Ibrox club regarding the player – and that the decision will now depend on the player, who apparently has heard nothing from Rangers himself:

"Gor Mahia has received a letter from a Scottish club offering a deal for Khalid Aucho but the player said he has no idea about the deal when we asked him.

"So nothing has materialized from that and he is still our player.”

It was first reported that Rangers were keen on the Ugandan international – who has been compared to Southampton and former Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama - by African Football.

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Aucho also confirmed his interest in joining Mark Warburton’s side to Goal late last month.

But whilst it seems Rangers are in for the player and that Aucho and Gor Mahia are happy for him to make the Ibrox switch, the Gers may struggle to secure a work permit for the player.

Aucho has represented The Cranes, Uganda’s national team, on 16 occasions scoring once but the club are currently ranked at 72 in the FIFA World Rankings and the Home Office tends to only offer work permits to players from countries in the top 70 over the past two years on average.

However, Uganda were in the 60s for much of 2015 so it is possible he just about meets the qualification criteria.

Rangers will be getting their hands on one of Africa’s top talents if they do manage to pull off the deal and would further strengthen the squad ahead of their return to the Scottish Premiership.

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