Agent confirms Rangers’ interest in Belgian U21 international Nicolas Raskin

Agent confirms Rangers’ interest in Belgian U21 international Nicolas Raskin
Standard's Nicolas Raskin pictured during the weekly press conference of Belgian soccer team Standard de Liege, Friday 13 August 2021 in Liege, to discuss the next game in the Jupiler Pro League competition. BELGA PHOTO BRUNO FAHY (Photo by BRUNO FAHY/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Nicolas Raskin’s agent has confirmed Rangers’ interest, but suggests it may have dried up in lieu of the January transfer window.

The representative admitted his client hasn’t yet begun talks with Liege, his current side, about a new deal, but bigs his reputation by claiming many clubs are alerted to his imminent Bosman status, and that includes Rangers.

He said:

“There was interest in the summer from Rangers. We knew about that but nothing happened. As far as we are aware it ended last summer and there has not been any interest at this point. We have not been told of anything coming from Rangers in January.”

So Raskin’s people confirm Rangers are interested, and are keeping tabs on the Belgian, and whether a move is initiated in January for a precontract time will tell. It’s curious his agent says he’s not been told of anything imminent, given players and agents aren’t allowed to discuss with new clubs while they’re under contract, except during the transfer window, so nothing would be legally forthcoming from Rangers till the window opens anyway.

But yes, Rangers are interested in the 21-year old, and as we said before, it’s almost certainly based on Glen Kamara’s certain exit and the need of the club for some talent in midfield, an area of the pitch Rangers are painfully light in so whether anything is done in 6 weeks to secure Raskin remains to be seen.

He is a good player, certainly the right age and appears to have little injury history, which makes a change for Rangers targets these days.

His agent went on:

“Of course, it is well known that Nicolas is out of contract next summer and there are many clubs who are alert to that fact. We have not begun any talks with Standard on a new contract.”

Pretty clear – his agent is 100% advertising him to a new club, and laying down the gauntlet to Standard with the ‘leave for nothing’ threat in the air. Whether he wants to leave or not we’re not certain yet, but if there’s a chance to get a Belgium U21 international for free, Rangers should take it.

Would be handy alongside Lundtram and Gilmour…

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