Reports in Europe claim Rangers have taken a serious interest in Heerenveen’s Joey Veerman, and coupled on top of recent information about Vitesse’s Danilho Doekhi implies some serious targeting and upgrading for the side’s assault next season on the Champions League has begun at the annals of Ibrox.
Following two diabolical exits in the cup, coupled with a tonne of injuries and suspensions, the view is being taken that Rangers require some serious surgery this summer, even at some significant cost, in order to take forward an excellent 20/21 into the new campaign.
Veerman, a 22-year old U21 Dutch international defensive/central midfielder, is said to be valued at around £6M-10M, with an excellent 28 Eredivisie appearances to his credit this season, having missed just two matches through Covid protocols and a minor injury.
He is, however, very much under contract till 2024 and would cost a fair chunk of that market value for Rangers to secure.
But the interest in him does show Rangers are serious about spending big and bringing in top class players to prepare the side for the rigours of a new season plus a major attempt at the Champions League.
In terms of Veerman, think to an extent Barry Ferguson but a much better assister and scorer than our former captain was – the Dutchman probably resembles a younger Steven Gerrard himself more than anyone else, and is very much an architect in midfield while switching deeper plus attacking when needed. There are also some optimistic comparisons between him and Man City’s world class attacker Kevin De Bruyne but we’d imagine that’s a tad OTT.
Regardless though, he’s an exceptionally good player, and particularly stands out in what is a thoroughly midtable side, and if Rangers are genuinely interested in the likes of he and Doekhi, it’s a serious statement for next season.