Glasgow Rangers have agreed personal terms with Nicolas Raskin, according to reports from Belgium.
The Lowdown: Beale improving Rangers’ midfield
Ibrox manager Michael Beale has set out to strengthen his midfield options in the January transfer window, with Rangers announcing the signing of Todd Cantwell on Monday, the first addition under the 42-year-old’s reign.
However, the Light Blues boss does not want to stop there, with Raskin of Standard Liege also on the agenda, a player who could be available on reduced terms given that his contract is expiring at the end of the season.
The Latest: Personal terms agreed
According to Le Soir, the Belgian passed his Rangers medical on Friday before finalising his contract the following day, all of which is said to have been done without him informing his current employers.
It is further detailed that the Gers could now seek an agreement with Standard Liege to secure the services of the midfielder in January, rather than having to wait until June.
The Verdict: Fantastic business
All being well, it appears as though the 21-year-old will be a Rangers player before too long, which is fantastic news for the Light Blues as he would be a very shrewd acquisition for the club, especially considering the deal is likely to cost them very little.
Hailed by football scout Jacek Kulig for being ‘brilliant’ in the deep-lying playmaker role, the youngster has weighed in with four assists in the Belgian top flight this season, already matching the amount that he tallied in the previous campaign.
While he has been lauded as ‘technically gifted’ by members of the Belgian press, Raskin is also a tough tackler, winning ten ground duels and making more tackles than any other Standard Liege player in their victory against Zulte Waregem earlier this season.
As such, it is evident that the maestro has a wide range of complementary abilities, making him a versatile option for Beale who’s capable of changing his playing style depending on what is needed in a match.