Salim Kerkar finally completes Rangers move
The former FC Gueugnon midfielder has signed a deal until the end of the 2010/11 after a protracted transfer process.
Salim Kerkar has finally completed his move to Rangers, signing for the SPL champions on a short-term deal until the end of the season. The Algerian, recommended to the club by defender Madjid Bougherra, has joined Walter Smith’s team on a free transfer.
Kerkar has been training at Murray Park since August, impressing the club’s coaching staff as they looked to add depth to a squad thin on numbers. A left sided midfielder, the former FC Gueugnon player caught the eye in a succession of bounce games, with Rangers subsequently moving to secure his services.
Despite being a free agent, Kerkar's former club believed they were entitled to claim for training compensation under FIFA rules, having trained Kerkar for six years up until his 23rd birthday this year.
Their threat to lodge an appeal with the world football governing body for a fee which could have risen as high as £315,000 led to Rangers calling off the deal late in October, with the player effectively unable to play for any club until next season unless the French side dropped their claim.
After discussions between Gueugnon and Rangers, the two clubs arrived at a settlement for the deal to go through which will see Kerkar’s former club receive a portion of any future transfer fee.
Rangers are now waiting on international clearance before they can use Kerkar in first team matches. But, as soon as he becomes available, he will be eligible to play in SPL and cup games for his new club.
Ally McCoist has been happy with the quality Kerkar has shown during his time with the first team squad, despite not having played at a higher level than France’s second tier in his career to date.
“He is a lad who is shaping up well,” the Rangers assistant told his club’s official website. “He is a nice lad but more importantly he has a good left foot.”
KERKAR SAGA COMES TO A CLOSE