Rangers announce ninth summer signing

Dedryck Boyata of Celtic heads over the bar in the second half during the William Hill Scottish Cup Semi Final between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at Hampden Park

He has also netted twice in six appearances for the Roma first team.

The Roma youngster becomes the club's ninth signing, and second of the day after they secured a deal for Mali worldwide Lassana Coulibaly - also on loan - from Angers earlier.

"I am a midfielder and I am physically strong", the 22-year-old told his club's official website.

"He called me about two weeks ago and from there I started changing my mind".

"When my agent said that Gerrard is the head coach, I said, OK, no problem, and then I was happy to come and join this team".

The fans already seem to have given him an interesting nickname but I'll let you discover that for yourselves, I couldn't possible repeat the intimation here!

"He told me about the team, even though I know about Rangers - the most successful team in the world".

"We didn't talk that much about how the team or I would play it was all just Rangers, Rangers, and Rangers". I don't watch the league, but I know about Celtic and Rangers in Scotland.

"It is hard to say whether it will be done before the first leg [of Europa League qualifying on Thursday], but we will be doing more business".

"I spoke to him when I was in Mali and he asked me if I wanted to join his team, and I said yes, although I was anxious it wasn't actually Gerrard (on the phone)!" Coulibaly told Rangers TV.

Allan McGregor, Jon Flanagan, Nikola Katic, Connor Goldson, Scott Arfield and Ovie Ejaria have all arrived this summer, and with Coulibaly and Sadiq now on board, it's nine summer signings for Rangers ahead of the new season.

He smiled: "I don't like to say anything about myself but I am a hardworking player who always wants to help the team".

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