ABDALLAH Sima has given a strong indication that he is open to returning to Rangers after his loan deal with the Ibrox club runs out in the summer.

Sima has performed well and established himself as a firm fans’ favourite since joining the Glasgow giants from Premier League outfit Brighton last year and has netted 16 goals in all competitions in the 2023/24 campaign.

The Senegalese forward, who returned from a calf injury in the cinch Premiership game against Hibernian last month, is focusing on the remaining games of the season and is keen to lift more silverware.

However, the 22-year-old, who has had stints at Stoke City in England and Angers in France as well as Rangers since joining Brighton three years ago, emphasised how content he is with life on and off the park in Scotland

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“You never know in football, anything can happen,” he said. “But my last season wasn’t perfect. So for me the most important thing is where I feel happy and I feel happy here.

“I always say that. I have everything here to feel happy and I am also playing football. But I am just focused on my season now. We have hopefully got seven games left. Then we are going to think about the future.”

The Herald: Sima scored in the 3-3 draw with Celtic at Ibrox this month and is determined to increase his tally in Rangers’ remaining games – starting with the Scottish Gas Scottish Cup semi-final against Hearts at Hampden tomorrow. 

He is convinced the Viaplay Cup winners, whose 0-0 draw with Dundee at Dens Park on Wednesday night left them three points behind Celtic in the cinch Premiership table with five league matches remaining can enjoy a successful season. 

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“We have some experienced players,” he said. “Sometimes you have hard moments and they talk to us. The character is here. We just need to focus on ourselves for the next games.

“I knew this moment of the season was the most important for us as a club. We have titles to win. I was just thinking about that coming back because I want to help the team. I worked really hard to come back. Now I want to show my quality and help us to win games.

“I like the pressure, it helps me to be a better player. I take the pressure positively, I don’t think it is a bad thing. For me, it is normal for a football player. How do you manage this pressure? I like to play in big games, that’s why I love football. It has helped me a lot.

“I am looking forward to scoring as many goals as possible and also helping my team because I am a team player. I just want to do my best for the team and score more goals myself.”