Rangers’ secret weapon revealed as ex-Light Blues star gives inside track on Michael Beale’s signing

GREG STEWART had a ringside seat when Abdallah Sima shattered Rangers’ EURO dream two years ago.

Now the former Ibrox striker reckons the Brighton man on loan could be the secret weapon for his old club this season.

Abdallah Sima is considered the leading actor of Michael Beale this year


Abdallah Sima is considered the leading actor of Michael Beale this yearCredit: Alamy
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Stewart was an unused substitute when Sima tormented Steven Gerrard’s Gers in Slavia Prague’s two-leg Europa League Round of 16 win in March 2021.

Now playing for Indian club Mumbai City, he is delighted to have the 22-year-old on board while gaffer Michael Beale plans his move attack at home and abroad.

Stewart, 33, said: “Sima was only 19 at the time but you could already see how good he was back then.

“He was dangerousathletic and caused us all sorts of problems with his speed.

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“Brighton signed him and he may have struggled to adapt there. But I am sure that he will play with his quality in the league premier league.

“Sima will definitely be a good addition ranger squad.”

Danilo is already Gers’ eighth signing Summer — and Stewart admits an eviction was necessary.

He said: “Some big players have left Alan mcgregor, Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos And Scott Arfield.

“It was at a point where these guys had to move on, for themselves and for the club. Everyone needs a fresh start and the cycle is coming to an end.

“The manager came in the middle of the season and wants to put his own stamp on the team.

“It’s difficult to sign players in January. Nico Raskin and Todd Cantwell have been big players up until now.

“But by the end of the season you could tell Michael wanted to change something.

“He would have spoken to all the signings about his coming ranger To win trophies and play-alongs Europe.

“It’s a huge draw for any player.

“If he knows him, he will have already taught the players what he wants to do this season.”

Sima will be joined by players such as Jack Butland, Dujon Sterling, Kieran Dowell, Sam Lammers, Cyriel Dessers and the returning Leon Balogun.

Stewart shared one changing room with the Nigerian veteran returning to Ibrox after being brought to QPR by Beale in the summer of 2022.

He added: “Leon’s return was actually a given.

“With boys Leon King get one Injury In Preseasonit looks like that gave the impetus to bring Balogun back.

“Mick knows him well having worked with him at Ibrox and QPR. If you want some protection, Leon is for you the statement.

“He has so much experience and has performed really well in his first outing at the club.

“The way he takes care of himself is incredible and his age will not matter.

“He can play on either side of the middle defense and he did well wherever he was asked to play.

“From the outside it’s an easy decision to bring Leon back to the club.

“He’s a quiet big guy, and he’s not one to howl and scream.

“He doesn’t have to say too much, but when he talks you listen.

“The way Balogun goes about his business work on the Training He sets a good example in this area.

“He was a big presence in the dressing room, but he was also pretty calm about things.

“He always does well when working in the gym and it was very important to him to keep himself in the best possible shape.

“That’s why he’s in a position to return to a club the size of Rangers at 35.

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“He’s a top professional and at the time it was a great character in the squad. I’m sure he will be the same again this season.”

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Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing zackzwiezen@ustimespost.com.

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