Potential Blow For Rangers In Interest In Danilho Doekhi

Rangers have suffered a blow in their chase for 23-year-old central defender Danilho Doekhi as he has been named as Vitesse’s captain for the 2021/22 season, in an indication they are planning to keep him.

Having entered the final year of his contract with Vitesse, Doekhi has been heavily linked with a move away from the Dutch club during the ongoing transfer window.

With the 23-year-old’s contractual situation putting suitors on alert, Newcastle United, Norwich City and Atalanta have been named among the clubs interested in him.

Scottish Premiership champions Rangers have also been credited with an interest in acquiring the services of the centre-back from Vitesse this summer.

However, the Gers’ hopes of landing Doekhi appear to have suffered a blow, with Vitesse appointing the Dutchman as their captain for the 2021/22 season.

The former Ajax youth star wore the armband for the Dutch outfit throughout pre-season and now Vitesse coach Thomas Letsch has confirmed that he will lead the side next season.

Vitesse handing Doekhi the armband despite him entering the final year of his contract with the club could suggest that he is staying at the club beyond the summer.

It remains to be seen if Rangers will look to sign the centre-back on a free transfer next year should he end up staying at Vitesse this summer, or lodge a bid before the window closes this summer.

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Malmo Will Be Fitter Than Us Warns Rangers Legend

Rangers legend Barry Ferguson is of the view that Malmo will have a fitter team than Steven Gerrard’s side due to the number of games they have already played this season.

Gerrard’s side have travelled to Sweden to take on Malmo in the first leg of their Champions League third-round qualifier this evening.

Rangers started their league campaign with a win over Livingston over the weekend, but Malmo are well into their season and have already played 14 games.

Ferguson stressed that it is going to be a tough challenge for Rangers as Malmo have more than decent players in their squad this season.

He insisted that Malmo will also have a leg up in terms of fitness over Rangers because they have already played many games this season while the Gers are just starting out.

The Rangers legend said on the Go Radio Football Show: “[Malmo are going to be] very tough.

“They have got some decent players, I think you will hear the manager Steven Gerrard speak about that.

“They have got some standout players and plus they are 14 games into their season.

“Getting games is so important so they will be ahead of Rangers in terms of fitness.”

Gerrard believes that reaching the Champions League group stage would be a massive achievement for his side this season.

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Rangers’ Second String Would Retain Title, Celtic Need Seven Players – Former Top Flight Star

Former Scottish Premiership star Tam McManus thinks that Rangers’ second team would win the title this season and does not see Celtic doing anything in the current campaign.

Rangers kicked off their Scottish Premiership title defence with a comfortable 3-0 win at home against Livingston, while Celtic slipped to defeat at Hearts under new boss Ange Postecoglou.

Celtic have also been dumped out of the Champions League qualifiers and into the Europa League qualifiers in what has been a miserable start to the campaign for the Bhoys.

Former Hibernian star McManus thinks Celtic need to make at least six or seven new signings and does not believe they will challenge Rangers this term.

He thinks Rangers have such strength in depth that their second string side could win the title.

“I think they [Celtic] are needing six or seven players. I just don’t see them doing anything this season”, McManus said on PLZ Soccer.

“I looked at Rangers at the weekend and the two teams that Rangers can put out, I think their second team would win the league and that’s the team that never played on Saturday against Livingston.

“So I think Celtic are miles behind Rangers at the moment”, he added.

Both Celtic and Rangers are in European action this week, with the Gers hoping to progress in the Champions League qualifiers and the Bhoys aiming to make sure they do not slip out of the Europa League.

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Feyenoord Getting Creative To Beat Rangers To Joey Veerman

Eredivisie giants Feyenoord are prepared to offer players in an attempt to bring Heerenveen’s asking price for Rangers target Joey Veerman down.

The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Rangers during the ongoing transfer window, with Steven Gerrard believed to be a huge admirer.

However, the Scottish Premiership champions face significant competition for Veerman’s signature this summer in the shape of Dutch top flight club Feyenoord.

Feyenoord coach Arne Slot likes the midfielder and the Eredivisie outfit are claimed to have already touched base with Heerenveen over a deal for him.

The Rotterdam-based club, though, cannot meet Heerenveen’s asking price of €10m and are currently looking at ways to knock the sum down.

According to Dutch daily De Telegraaf, Feyenoord are prepared to offer their league rivals a player or two in exchange for the former FC Volendam midfielder.

It remains to be seen if Heerenveen are willing to accept a swap deal for the Dutchman, who has also been the subject of transfer interest from Hellas Verona.

Heerenveen are currently looking for a striker.

Veerman, who feels Heerenveen’s asking price of €10m is too high, has already revealed that he would love to join Feyenoord this summer.

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I’ve Spoken To Filip Helander – Rangers Star Aware Of Malmo Threat

Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor is aware of the threat posed by the Gers’ Champions League opponents Malmo, having spoken to Filip Helander about the Swedish outfit.

Having begun their Scottish Premiership season with a 3-0 win over Livingston, Rangers will now take on Malmo in the third round of the Champions League qualifiers on Tuesday.

The Scottish Premiership champions are hopeful of progressing to the next stage of the qualifiers, but are not taking Tuesday’s opponents lightly.

Speaking ahead of the game, goalkeeper McGregor revealed that he is aware of the threats posed by the Swedish outfit, having spoken to Gers team-mate and former Malmo star Helander.

Malmo are a good side“, McGregor told a press conference.

I spoke to Fil [Helander] who knows some of the players and knows of the quality.

McGregor feels Malmo will pose a difficult challenge for Rangers, but insisted that the Glasgow giants are confident going into the tie, having fared well in Europe in recent years.

It will be difficult.

“Malmo are a top team but the boys are confident especially after the last few years in Europe“, the 39-year-old said.

Following their clash on Tuesday, Rangers and Malmo will lock horns in the second leg of the tie at Ibrox next week.

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