A Rangers move for “long-term” Ibrox target Nicolas Raskin is now looking “very likely” according to Ibrox media partners Heart & Hand.

The Standard Liege midfielder, 21, has been extensively linked with a switch to Ibrox with reports in Belgium claiming that the player has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the club.

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Stopping short of confirming any deal, Heart & Hand podcaster David Edgar references the reports surrounding the midfielder but gives some extra insight into the deal.

According to the Rangers fan media partner, Rangers’ interest in Nicolas Raskin stretches back to Michael Beale’s stint as assistant to Steven Gerrard with the deal nearing completion.

”The next one in the door is looking very likely to be Nicolas Raskin,” said David Edgar, on the platform’s Daily Update for 25/01/23 which is available to Patreon subscribers.

”The reports in Belgium, from sources close to the player incidentally, have been reporting for a number of months that he had his heart set on a move to Rangers.

”He’s a long-term target of Rangers’ going back to a couple of seasons ago when Steven Gerrard and thus Michael Beale were there.

”They have been aware of this player for a long-long term. It was someone that Giovanni van Bronckhorst wanted as well but it looks as though the deal will be completed under the new manager Michael Beale.”

Nicolas Raskin closes in on Rangers move

Rangers have already moved to sign Todd Cantwell in this transfer window and the addition of Nicolas Raskin is an equally exciting one for the Ibrox side.

The Standard midfielder is 21-years-old, a Belgian U21 international and a player with sizeable pedigree who could go on to develop considerably at Ibrox.

A tenacious midfielder with plenty of technique, the Rangers board deserve credit for finally updating a stagnant midfield and let’s hope the deal goes through without a hitch.

Meanwhile, a former Morgan Whittaker manager has been speaking about the player in the press.

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