Steven Gerrard explains Fashion Sakala delay as Rangers new boy waits on training go ahead
Steven Gerrard has revealed he is waiting for red tape issues to be resolved around Fashion Sakala before he joins up with Rangers training.
The Zambia international is yet to get involved in pre-season training and supporters have been wondering when he’s going to get to Glasgow to take part.
But Gerrard admits he’s still unsure when he will get here as they overcome Covid-19 and passport issues before he gets to arrive in the country.
It’s a blow for Gerrard who will want the Rangers frontman to be involved in pre-season games with the first one against Partick Thistle on Monday.
The Ibrox manager admits he’ll use his squad in that game but it’s unlikely Sakala will be part of that as he looks to get his side ready for the new season.
He said: “We need to add to it, so we’re actively working hard to bring some good players in alongside the recruitment already done in Jack (Simpson), Scott (Wright), Nnamdi (Ofoborh) and Fashion Sakala will join us in the coming days.
“We’ve got some passport and Covid issues to get through first but he’s very excited to join us as well.
“The squad is in good shape but it will better in a few weeks when we add to it. It’s a very exciting time but the message to send is myself, the staff and everyone around this group of players are going to push them even harder than we have before to make sure we add to the success. 55 isn’t gone though, it’s history and it’s fantastic.”
Rangers had a hugely successful season last time as they went unbeaten and he wants similar again this season.
But he insists the mentality needs to change within the squad because they’ve now become the target for every other club in the league after years of trying to play catch up.
He added: “Last year isn’t gone. Last year is history. We’ve created history and it’ll never go. It’ll be there for the rest of our lives.
“The players have done ever so well. You don’t achieve something so big and it vanishes and people forget about it.
“But we’re well aware that the language of 55 has to stop now and we have to move on to 56 and try and achieve that.
“We have to work harder to achieve that. The challenge is going to come from different teams all over the league. We’re going to be the team who is hunted now rather than one of the hunters so the mentality has to change.
“We need to keep and maintain our standards we’ve shown over the last 12 months and even turn the heat up even more.”