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Rangers: How did the Ibrox side miss out on Robin van Persie?

There is a revolution taking place in Glasgow at the moment and if new Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has his way at Ibrox, he might well lead one of his own in the immediate future.

Indeed, their fierce Old Firm rivals have welcomed several players from the Asian continent to Scottish football since Ange Postecoglou was hired and the Gers’ own coach could be inspired by that to embark on his own mission; one of bringing Dutch players to Rangers.

Joey Veerman had been linked in January with a move but there are several other talents lying about the Eredivisie that could take van Bronckhorst’s side to the next level.

When its come to the Netherlands, however, there have been plenty of success stories at Rangers with van Bronckhorst arguably topping the list in terms of quality. That being said, they did also possess the late Fernando Ricksen, and of course, Ronald de Boer.

However, the club’s Dutch roots could have been very different had one of the current Rangers boss’ former teammates joined him in Scotland.

Should Rangers have signed van Persie?

Of course!

Of course!

No way!

No way!

That happens to be Robin van Persie, someone not only linked with a move in 2016, but initially all the way back in 2002.

The Flying Dutchman as he became known as nearly signed for the club in a £3m move before eventually leaving Feyenoord two years later, moving to Arsenal for around £4m.

Irrespective of the pathway Rangers have embarked on since that failed transfer conquest, they had somewhat of a shocker failing to negotiate a move to sign the now 38-year-old. That’s because in the words of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, he became “the best forward ever.”

That claim may be slightly strong but there is no doubting the remarkable talent that van Persie went onto unlock at the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.

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He won the Premier League with the latter, was coached by two of the best to do it in Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson, all while scoring 274 club goals during his career.

His earlier days were tarnished by injury but after retiring, he is now fondly remembered for his devastating left foot.

Coincidentally, the Dutchman would then have a spell under Van Bronckhorst’s tutelage at Feyenoord where he ended his career, scoring 25 times in just 45 outings. Once upon a time, though, they may have been playing their football together at Rangers.

It’s safe to say van Persie is certainly one that got away from Rangers.

AND in other news, Rangers may unearth a new Gazza in “special” unseen 17 y/o who’s “so much” like Rooney…

Article title: Rangers: How did the Ibrox side miss out on Robin van Persie?

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