Rashid Sumaila has been here before. The Ghanaian international centre-back, relentlessly linked with a reunion with former Al-Gharafa boss Pedro Caixinha at Rangers, could have made the step into the European game three years ago.
According to Goal, the then Mamelodi Sundown’s defender was on the radar of a number of clubs across the continent back in 2014. Belgian outfit Standard Liege were reportedly the front runner for his signature.
Instead, Sumaila put pen to paper with Kuwaiti outfit Qadsia SC 12 months later. However, it appears that the 24-year-old is set to finally make his move into the big time sooner rather than later.
Ghana Soccer Net reports that Sumaila, nominated for the Fans and the Players Player of the Year award after a superb season on loan at Al-Gharafa in Qatar, is once again on the radar of a number of European clubs.
The four-goal defender has been courted by teams in both France and Russia. Consequently, it appears that Rangers’ hopes of reinforcing their defence with the bone-crunching bruiser have taken a further hit.
It seemed that Sumaila had his bags packed for Ibrox when he took to Twitter to bid farewell to Al-Gharafa last week. However, as reported by the Daily Record, the six-time international has a contract at Qadsia until 2020.
As a result, Rangers may be priced out of a move contrary to earlier reports which suggested they could nab him on a free.
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha knows Sumaila well
However, Rangers’ defensive deficiencies once again reared their head as three inexperienced youngsters, David Bates, Myles Beerman and Aiden Wilson, all featured in Wednesday’s 2-1 home loss against Aberdeen.
Therefore, they should not give up hope just yet.