Reported Rangers target struggles in hammering after addressing Ibrox transfer link
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Danilho Doekhi struggles in hammering after addressing Rangers link

Ibrox-linked Danilho Doekhi was on the receiving end of a hammering with Vitesse in a cup competition soon after addressing reported interest from Rangers.

Doekhi spoke about his future in an interview earlier this week, with quotes emerging on Wednesday afternoon.

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The former Netherlands youth international, who is out of contract in the summer, has been linked with Rangers for some time and previously said he was flattered by reported interest from the Gers and Italian giants Napoli [De Gelderlander].

This time, he reiterated his desire for a new challenge come the end of the season.

“I want to take a new step, I am certainly open to that,” he said [Daily Record]. “I think the club would like to extend with me, but I hope they also understand that I want to take a new step after four years. I think I’m ready for that.”

Then, in response to a direct question about Rangers’ alleged interest, he added: “I have remained fairly calm about it, I know what I have in mind. I did not just want to leave Vitesse in the winter.”

“Of course, if a good opportunity had come along, you can not let it go. But we play European (football, Europa Conference League), are still in the cup tournament and are doing well in the league. I knew I wanted to finish the season here.”

When asked what the key factors would be when it comes time to decide where to go next, he said: “Who the trainer is, what my chances are (to play), what style of play they use.”

There’s certainly nothing there that suggests he isn’t open to a move to Ibrox in the summer and plenty of Bears will be hoping that the presence of fellow Dutchman Gio van Bronckhorst as manager could give the champions of Scotland a distinct advantage in any future transfer battle.

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However, it’s worth nothing that Doekhi isn’t exactly in sparking form right now.

He’s a key part of a Vitesse defence that have conceded three goals in each of their last two Eredivisie outings and who shipped five in a KNVB Cup quarter-final hammering at Ajax on Wednesday night.

After receiving ratings of just 6.5 and 5.9 in the recent defeats to FC Groningen and FC Twente respectively, Doekhi was given a SofaScore match rating of 6.0 in the 5-0 cup mauling.

He made five clearances, one interception and blocked one shot, but he lost possession ten times, was unsuccessful with four of his five long passes and made just one tackle across the 90 minutes.

This is form he’ll surely have to improve upon if he’s going to land the big move he’s looking for this summer.

Meanwhile, a Rangers loanee scored in a big derby match that featured five former Gers.

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