Mateusz Zukowski Nears Ibrox Exit as Michael Beale’s Promised Departures Materialize

Rangers defender Mateusz Zukowski is edging closer to leaving Ibrox, affirming Michael Beale’s earlier commitment to forthcoming player departures. According to renowned Polish outlet Sport Interia and journalist Sebastian Stasweski, it appears that the 21-year-old is on the verge of joining Slask Wroclaw in Poland’s Ekstraklasa.

Stasweski suggested that the final decision regarding Zukowski’s transfer will be made within the next few days, with the player expected to sign a season-long loan agreement.

This news follows Zukowski’s loan spell at Lech Poznan in his native country last season, during which the Polish club opted not to exercise their option to purchase the player this summer. Ross Wilson, who was the sporting director at Rangers when Zukowski was signed, now faces scrutiny for his questionable track record in the transfer market.

Initially brought in as a potential backup to club captain James Tavernier and a replacement for Scottish international Nathan Patterson, who joined Everton, Zukowski failed to make a significant impact after his reported £400k move to Glasgow. However, he can take solace in the fact that he was not the most high-profile disappointment of Rangers’ transfer window.

Beale stated, “The coming weeks will see more trading both in and out of the squad as we prepare for the season ahead. We have key areas of focus and we are close to securing our targets in those positions.” The Rangers manager has previously emphasized the need to trim the squad, particularly with the arrival of Dujon Sterling and the emergence of Adam Devine, rendering Zukowski surplus to requirements.

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During his time at Rangers, Zukowski made only one appearance, coming off the bench in the 3-0 victory against Annan Athletic in the 2021/2022 Scottish Cup. As his imminent move to Slask Wroclaw looms, the young defender will look to make a fresh start and prove himself in Poland’s top flight.