As Euro 2020 gets set to kick off, Rangers continue to their hunt for a midfielder as players aplenty continue to be linked to the Gers.
Be it Joey Veerman, Abdou Harroui or even Ivan Lepinjica, there are no shortage of names reportedly interesting the powers that be at Ibrox.
Here, we look at three names playing at Euro 2020 who may well be of interest to Rangers when it comes to adding quality options in the middle of the pitch.
Luka Ivanušec – Croatia
Now 22, the Dinamo Zagreb star finds himself in the Euro 2020 squad alongside Rangers star Borna Barisic and given the nation’s plentiful talent in this position, it certainly speaks volumes regarding the player’s ability.
Having played only twice for his country – scoring in his second cap against China – it’s a big moment for the player on the international stage having remain uncapped since 2017.
Now a key member of the talented Dinamo Zagreb side which knocked Tottenham out of the Europa League – Ivanusec played every minute of the two legs – this is one of the nation’s leading emerging young talents.
Adding goals and assists to his game season on season, the attacking midfielder enjoyed his best season in front of goal in the last campaign, netting nine goals and laying on five assists.
Once valued at £4.5m and linked to Old Firm rivals Celtic, given the player’s emergence at Dinamo and long-term contract which doesn’t expire until 2024, we expect it might be a tad higher now.
Perhaps out of Rangers’ price range but certainly one to watch.
Jakub Jankto – Czech Republic
Czech international and Sampdoria midfielder Jakub Jankto is a particularly interesting one given historic Ibrox links to the player.
At the end of the summer transfer window last year prominent football journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed the Gers came very close to signing Jankto.
A box-to-box midfielder with an imposing style and eye for goal, the Serie A star is a name which would certainly excite Gers fans.
Here’s what Romano said about the Gers’ interest.
“The player was Jakub Jankto, from Sampdoria, [who] was really, really close to joining Rangers on deadline day,” said Romano [Here We Go].
“I don’t know if [this] was public or not. He was really close to joining Rangers.
“They didn’t find [an] agreement with Sampdoria, but, let’s see what will happen in January because Bundesliga clubs are interested [in the player].”
Jankto had a solid season in Italy, scoring six goals from midfielder in Serie A and adding a couple of assists.
Whilst this would certainly be a welcome move, you can’t help but think the entire thing would be made more difficult by Rangers’ run-in with Slavia Prague.
Rangers star Glen Kamara was racially abused by Jankto’s international teammate Ondrej Kudela and given the unbecoming reaction in the country, the Czech dressing room would be an interesting place if Jankto moved to Ibrox.
John Fleck – Scotland
A little closer to home is one time Rangers wonderkid John Fleck, who left the club in the aftermath of the Gers’ financial collapse in 2012.
Once touted as the Scottish Wayne Rooney, Fleck broke through into the Gers team as a teenager but never quite managed to reach his potential at Ibrox.
Despite playing 55 times for the club, there was a feeling it never quite happened for the midfielder as the pressure told at Rangers.
Now plying his trade for Sheffield United, Fleck’s career has taken a decidedly different direction ever since leaving Ibrox.
After playing over 180 games for Coventry City, Fleck would move to Sheffield United and form an essential part of the side which earned promotion from League One all the way to the Premier League.
Fleck stood out for the Blades in season 19/20 and was a big part of why they performed so admirably, his performances even reportedly interesting London giants Arsenal.
Those £20m price tags are obviously both unrealistic and wildly out of Rangers’ reach but following Sheffield United’s relegation there will be some talk regarding the player’s future.
Contracted to the Blades until 2023, perhaps a good Euros can pique the Gers’ interest.
Plus, when it comes to Rangers, there can be no doubts the talented midfielder is as staunch as ever.