It’s not every day that a player compared to Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp faces off against Rangers; it’s probably even rarer that the player would be turning out for Motherwell.
But that’s what the Ibrox side are preparing to face off against this weekend as they welcome the Steelmen to their home ground for the long-awaited Flag Day.
Kevin van Veen, a summer signing from Scunthorpe United, has already begun to endear himself to the Motherwell faithful and as such has earned the nickname “Budget Bergkamp”.
Countryman Dennis is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of his era and make no mistake, it’s a big compliment to at the very least have your playing style compared to the great Dutchman.
A goal and an assist in a 2-0 win against relatively heavy spenders Aberdeen last week have seen his stock continue to rise at Fir Park and van Veen is already a Motherwell fan favourite.
Now 30, van Veen appears to be enjoying life at his new home in Lanarkshire and has claimed he’s out to spoil the Rangers title party this weekend.
“I feel like I’ve got a lot of ability, I feel I can show a lot, I feel like I can be the difference. I want to be the difference, and I want to be different from any other player,” said van Veen [NTOF].
“That’s what I’m going for. I do feel like I’m really looking forward to these types of games, I really feel like it brings the best out of me.
“This Sunday is going to be a completely new test but hopefully as a team and myself we can put in a really good performance, challenge Rangers, and hopefully we can win.”
— Motherwell FC (@MotherwellFC) September 12, 2021
Kevin van Veen has spent time playing in the lower leagues of the Netherlands and England in his career but this is his first foray north of the border.
Rangers fans have an extra reason to be excited for the visit of Motherwell and the club have confirmed details of the RTV coverage of a moment ten years in the making.