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Rangers suffer transfer setback over long-time target

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is on the brink of leading Rangers to a historic double this season. With the Europa League and Scottish Cup finals to be played over the next seven days, the Dutchman could swat away earlier critics by landing both trophies for the Ibrox club.

Relinquishing the Premiership title is a bitter pill to swallow, however, this could well be surpassed by continental success.

The manager has already had one transfer window to bring in new players, and although the likes of Aaron Ramsey and James Sands arrived on loan deals, nobody signed permanently at Ibrox to improve the starting XI.

With a busy summer facing Van Bronckhorst as he attempts to wrestle the Premiership crown back from Celtic, there will likely be plenty of transfer activity around the blue half of Glasgow.

However, one player who won’t be arriving at Ibrox this year is Dutch defender Danilho Doekhi, who has turned the club down according to reports.

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Dutch outlet de Gelderlander have claimed that Doekhi has turned down a move to Rangers in favour of Union Berlin in the Bundesliga.

The report stated that he has signed a four-year deal at the German club, with the opportunity to play in one of the best leagues on the continent obviously too much to resist.

This is a major blow to the Ibrox outfit as they are on the lookout for defensive reinforcements. With the likes of Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun yet to sign new contracts ahead of their current deals expiring this summer, along Filip Helander’s constant injury woes, a centre-back addition must be a priority.

John Souttar has already signed a pre-contract deal with the club, but this won’t be enough if Van Bronckhorst aims for domestic glory and a shot at Champions League success next season.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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It could be a long summer ahead for the Gers faithful, so let’s hope they have other targets in mind after the setback with Doekhi. That development is sure to have left Ibrox chief Ross Wilson fuming, with the long-time Rangers target ultimately moving elsewhere.

AND in other news, Wilson heading for big Rangers disaster on “ridiculous” £6.4k-p/w tank, Van Bronckhorst needs him…

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