Rangers were active throughout the January transfer window as Ross Wilson made a number of moves to shape Gio van Bronckhorst’s squad.
Nathan Patterson left to join Premier League side Everton for a club-record transfer fee, whilst James Sands, Amad Diallo, Aaron Ramsey and Mateusz Zukowski all came in. John Souttar also signed a pre-contract deal and will be officially joining the Gers in the summer.
However, it is worth looking at the players with whom Rangers were linked but failed to get in order to fairly assess the business which was or wasn’t completed.
One player who got away from them was Dutch midfielder Joey Veerman. The reported Gers target ended up signing for PSV Eindhoven from Heerenveen for €6m (£5m) and has been in sensational form since the move.
He has racked up four goals and three assists in seven domestic starts for his new club, averaging SofaScore ratings of 7.6, 7.2 and 7.5 throughout January, February and March respectively in the Eredivisie.
This shows that he has been performing to a high standard since arriving in Eindhoven and is contributing in the final third with his ability to score and create goals from midfield. Across the entire campaign for Heerenveen and PSV, Veerman boasts a combined 20 direct goal contributions, with eight goals and 12 assists in all competitions.
He also has the potential to improve even further at the age of just 23. The midfielder has plenty of time ahead of him to develop, and his performance levels and impact on the team will surely increase if he gains more experience and grows as a player.
Ex-Gers striker Michael Mols heaped praise on his fellow countryman whilst admitting that he could find it difficult at Ibrox, previously telling the Daily Record: “He is perfect with the ball and in possession, he’s a really great player. His passing and movement with the ball is really relaxed in a good way.
“But in Scottish football, there is a lot of emphasis on duels and fighting for the ball. I’m just not sure that would suit his style. He would maybe find it a little bit difficult to adapt.”
The suggestion that he would struggle with the physicality of the Premiership seems harsh when you look at his statistics this season. He has won 56% of his individual battles in the Eredivisie and averaged 2.7 tackles and interceptions per game, which suggests that he is by no means a pushover in that sense.
Therefore, it was a blunder by Wilson to miss out on the £5m deal for the Dutch wizard, who has shown that he has the physicality and ability on the ball to have made a huge impression at Ibrox. His form for PSV is proving that he is one that got away from the Gers…