Nicolas Raskin: Rangers manager Michael Beale confirms interest in Standard Liège midfielder

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Rangers manager Michael Beale has confirmed he is keen to add Belgium U21 international Nicolas Raskin to his squad.

The Ibrox club has yet to register the Standard Liège midfielder under various goals in January.

Beale, who was assistant manager to Steven Gerrard when he was Rangers manager, said: “Another good player to be honest.

“A player I remember a lot from when we played at Standard Liège [in October 2020 in the Europa League]. He missed the opener against Rangers that night when Kemar Roofe scored that incredible goal, but he played in the second leg.

“He is a player I know, a very good player who is clearly out of contract this summer and is getting a lot of attention. There is interest from us, but I’m sure there are a number of clubs.”

Belgian Nicolas Raskin is out of contract with Standard de Liège at the end of the season

A a fee has been agreed with England Championship Norwich City for Todd Cantwellwho is out of contract at the end of the season, but Beale insisted there will be no new signings until Saturday in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup at St Johnstone.

Beale said: “No comment on the transfer as we have talked a lot over the past week.

Todd Cantwell is out of contract with Norwich this summer
Rangers have agreed a fee for Todd Cantwell

“I would say we are very close on one or two points, but I don’t want to elaborate on what I said recently. Nothing has been announced for this match.”

Swansea striker Morgan Whittaker remains interesting for Rangers, despite a bid for the 22-year-old being rejected last week.

Whittaker has not appeared for Swansea since he was recalled earlier this month from his loan spell at Plymouth, where he scored nine goals and provided seven assists.

Rangers saw a bid for Morgan Whittaker rejected

So said a source in Swansea Sky Sports news that Rangers are “miles away” from the club’s valuation and that Whittaker is likely to be involved for Swansea at QPR on Saturday.

“There is no dead end. We’re doing things privately and in South Wales they’ve talked about it clearly.

“So we don’t want to add anything to that, because the boy came back from a loan spell and could be in their team this weekend, so if he’s on their team, he’s their player.”

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 18: Alfredo Morelos celebrates scoring 1-1 during a cinch Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on January 18, 2023 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.  (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group)
Alfredo Morelos is one of the Rangers players out of contract at the end of the season

As the press conference focused on who could join Govan’s club, Beale revealed that one or two players were headed for the exit.

He said: “In the last 24 hours there have been investigations into one or two of us that may be of interest.

“One or two of our people may go out temporarily or permanently because they want to play.

“I had one or two members of the squad who could get chances, none of the older guys.”

Roofe suspended for a month

Kemar Roofe made two appearances this season due to an injury
Kemar Roofe is out for four weeks with a shoulder injury

Michael Beale has revealed striker Roofe will be out for four weeks with a shoulder injury suffered in the Viaplay Cup semi-final against Aberdeen last weekend.

He will hope that Roofe, who scored the winner against the Dons to take Rangers to the League Cup final against Celtic on February 26, will be back for the showpiece at Hampden Park.

He said: “I think it will be four weeks. We’re not going down the surgical route, it’s that between giving time or having surgery.

“Kemar has decided he feels better, but it will be three or four weeks before we see him again, so probably mid-February in time for the cup final, which is good timing for Kemar.”

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