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Rangers endured a disaster by failing to sign Xavi Simons

Glasgow Rangers were a busy club throughout the summer transfer window as players made their way in and out of Glasgow ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

Ross Wilson and Gio van Bronckhorst made moves to shape the squad as they allowed some key players to leave and brought in a host of fresh recruits.

Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo both left, to join Ajax and Southampton respectively, and the Gers reinvested that money to sign John Souttar, Ben Davies, Ridvan Yilmaz, Rabbi Matondo, Tom Lawrence, Antonio Colak, and Malik Tillman.

However, they did not land all of their targets during the window and there is one, in particular, that they may live to regret in the years to come.

At the end of 2021, Rangers were reportedly leading the race to land Xavi Simons on a pre-contract agreement. However, they failed to get a deal over the line for the Dutchman and he ended up signing for Eredivisie side PSV on a free transfer after leaving French giants PSG at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

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The failure to snap him up for nothing is now looking like a disaster for van Bronckhorst as Simons has been on fire in the Netherlands this season.

He has averaged a phenomenal SofaScore rating of 7.88 across his six appearances in the Eredivisie campaign so far, a score that only Cody Gakpo (8.87) can beat in that Dutch top-flight and no Rangers player has matched in the Premiership this term.

In those six games, the young talent has scored six goals and provided two assists from an attacking midfield position. He has created 2.5 chances per game and held his own off the ball, winning 56% of his individual duels.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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The 19-year-old, who played 11 times for PSG’s first-team before departing the Ligue 1 side, has also caught the eye for his country at youth level. In 11 appearances for the Netherlands’ under-17 and 19’s, the midfielder has scored six goals and may be eyeing a senior bow in the coming months if he can continue his form for PSV.

Football talent scout Jacek Kulig previously dubbed him “magic” after an impressive assist for PSG and claimed that he is similar to Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric, with both players being central midfielders who excel in possession as playmakers.

Simons is showing that he can marry a goalscoring threat with creativity in the number 10 position in the Netherlands, whilst also not being a liability out of possession, whilst still having plenty of time left to develop his skills – at the age of 19.

Therefore, Rangers endured a disaster by failing to sign the gem as they will now have to watch on as he catches the eye elsewhere and, potentially, goes on to have a great career. They could have snapped him up on a free transfer and it seems unlikely that an opportunity like that will arise again, if PSV have any say in it.

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