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Rangers: Gio van Bronckhorst enduring nightmare with Danish winger

Ross Wilson has been a busy man in the transfer market for Glasgow Rangers throughout 2022, bringing in players in both the January and summer windows.

The Light Blues chief signed Mateusz Zukowski, Amad Diallo, James Sands, and Aaron Ramsey at the start of the year, before snapping up the likes of John Souttar, Antonio Colak, Rabbi Matondo, and Tom Lawrence, among others, in the summer.

Gio van Bronckhorst has been given plenty of tools to get the job done but there were also players the club missed out on who could have been phenomenal additions to the squad.

One gem the Gers reportedly wanted to sign back in January was then-Bologna winger Andreas Skov Olsen. Wilson and van Bronckhorst were said to be pushing to land the attacker but he ended up signing for Belgian giants Club Brugge for a fee in the region of £5m (€5.5m).

The Dutch head coach for Rangers is now enduring a nightmare as he has to watch on from afar as the forward continues to impress for club and country, leaving him to wonder what could have been.

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In the Belgian top-flight this season, Olsen has racked up four goals and two assists in eight starts and has created five ‘big chances’ for his teammates – showing off his consistency and quality in the final third.

The wizard lately showcased his ability during the weekend as he caught the eye in Denmark’s remarkable 2-0 win over reigning World Cup champions France.

He was up against a back three of William Saliba, bought by Arsenal for £27m, Dayot Upamecano, who Bayern Munich paid £37m for, and Benoit Badiashile, who Monaco value at around £42.5m.

Playing against £106.5m worth of centre-backs did not faze the young attacker, though, as he terrorised the trio and put it in a display that will surely leave Rangers ruing their failure to sign him in January.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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Olsen scored the second goal in the game as the ball was set back to the edge of the box after a corner for Denmark and he brilliantly adjusted his body to fire a low, powerful, strike into the back of the net despite defenders closing him down.

He came close to another in the second half as he skipped by Badiashile with a superb turn of pace in the box but failed to prod the ball past the goalkeeper, who did well to block the shot.

Olsen, who talent scout Jacek Kulig once described as “perfect“, also created one ‘big chance’ for a teammate, although they were unable to provide him with an assist – missing the opportunity. He also supplied three crosses during the contest as he showcased his phenomenal attacking threat.

The Club Brugge forward proved his worth on the world stage and demonstrated that he has the quality to score and create against high-value defenders. Therefore, van Bronckhorst should be hoping that he wakes up from this nightmare and goes back to a world where Rangers brought Olsen to Ibrox in January.

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