A fantastic strike from Rangers-linked Red Star Belgrade ace Mirko Ivanic was shared by the official UEFA Europa League Twitter account on Tuesday.

In August, reports in Serbia claimed that Ivanic was the subject of a €3.5m (£3m) bid from the Gers following Red Star’s failure to qualify for the Champions League group stages [Mozzart Sport].

Crvena Zvezda v PFC Ludogorets Razgrad: Group F - UEFA Europa League

Rangers-linked Red Star midfielder Mirko Ivanic has been praised for his latest Europa League goal by an official UEFA social media account. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

However, subsequent reports from the likes of Sportska Centrala and Meridan warned that Red Star were determined ‘to keep Ivanic at all costs’, and the attacking midfielder signed a contract extension in October.

His new deal is set to run through until 2025, so it will take a big bid to prize him away from the Serbian giants.


If Rangers haven’t given up hope yet, though, they’re bound to be impressed by his recent form.

Ivanic already has 12 goals for the season across all competitions, with three in his last six Super Liga appearances and two in his last three Europa League outings for the Group F leaders.

His latest goal against Ludogorets was a brilliant one, too.

In the 57th minute and with the scores locked at 0-0, the Red Star no.4 won the ball on the left flank around 30 yards from goal and drove inside before curling an unstoppable effort into the top right corner.

The match-winning strike was described as a ‘golazo’ by the Europa League account and with that kind of quality in his locker, it’s no surprise the Gers have been credited with interest in him.

Gio van Bronckhorst may not have vast sums to spend in the January window but interest in Ivanic could perhaps be ramped up again in the summer, particularly if high-profile current Ibrox assets are sold.

Meanwhile, a former Rangers player is earning rave reviews in England after a string of impressive performances.

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