Reports have intensified around Rangers’ interest in CSKA Sofia midfielder Kristiyan Malinov, with a source telling the Scottish press that the links are a “privilege”.

The story originally broke in the Bulgarian press and whilst this was used as a source back in Scotland, the Glasgow Times now claims a source close to Malinov has confirmed the interest.

A 26-year-old midfielder with 13 Bulgarian caps, Rangers are one of a number of clubs from Holland, Belgium, Germany and Turkey.

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There have been links between Rangers and Bulgarian international midfielder Kristiyan Malinov in the press. (Photo credit should read FRANCK PENNANT/AFP via Getty Images)

With the Bulgarian season coming to an end last night Malinov is expected to make his mind up on his future in the coming weeks.

According to the Glasgow Times source, Rangers are seen as a genuine potential destination whilst they also describe playing under Steven Gerrard as a “privilege”.

“Rangers is a brand in European football. Everybody knows them, so having interest from Rangers is a big deal for Kristiyan and it is a privilege for him to be among contenders on their wish list.

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“It would also be a privilege for him to play under Steven Gerrard and be mentored from a coach who was one of the best midfielders in the last decade.

 

“As a midfielder, he feels he could gain a lot from him, especially in a tactical sense.

“His mentality is something Rangers fans would love as he is a player who leaves everything out on the park.”

Malinov can play across the midfield and is one a number of midfielders the Ibrox club have been linked to during this window.

Rangers have been on the hunt for someone to provide that much-needed spark from midfield with the club lacking dynamism and intensity in the middle of the pitch.

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