Fabio Silva has admitted that he looks up to Cristiano Ronaldo as the Rangers star explained his preferred position having made the switch to Ibrox.
Silva became the first signing of the Philippe Clement era in Glasgow when he joined the Light Blues on loan from Wolves for the second half of the season, making his debut from the bench in the win over Kilmarnock before the winter break.
There has been plenty of debate over where the Portuguese gem would prefer to play at Ibrox, but he has confirmed that he is not an out-and-out number nine while also explaining that he looks up to and tries to follow the example of Ronaldo.
As quoted by the Rangers Review (12 January) he said: “Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. When I look at his games, the hunger he has to score is something special, for me, it is the best example I can take.
“In football and in life if you stop or are not trying to be better than yesterday, with the quality of young players now, the other ones will go past you and you will stay behind. That’s why I use the Ronaldo example. He always tries to be the number one, to be better than yesterday.
“After that, things happen naturally. It’s the same for me. I don’t stop, I try to be better than yesterday for myself and then, things come naturally.
“I am not a ‘really really No.9’ because I don’t like to be static in the box, I like to move and change positions with other players. I don’t like to stay in the box only and be ‘No, No.9’. I like to change positions, have connections with players, play one-twos and move deep. I am a dynamic player and I like to change my position during the game.”
The Rangers Ronaldo
Rangers have had a reasonable first half of the season considering the difficult start under the management of Michael Beale. But following the winter break, the Light Blues are keen to kick on and reach another gear to win back the Premiership title.
To do that, the Light Blues are going to need some extra bits of genuine quality between now and the end of the campaign. While Silva may not be an out-and-out number nine, he does have the ability to have a big influence on the title race.
His excellent mentality is clear to see. His admiration of Ronaldo doesn’t come from his immense technical ability, but instead his ability to make the most of his characteristics and kick on to improve week in and week out.
If he shares any part of that mentality, his presence will be a massive boost at Ibrox for the second half of the season. Clement needs winners in his side and even if he hasn’t won much yet, Silva possesses a winner’s mentality.