Rangers blow as Bundesliga club reportedly ahead in transfer race for int'l
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Rangers blow as Bundesliga club reportedly ahead in transfer race for int'l

In an apparent transfer blow for Rangers, Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin are reportedly leading the race to sign Andreas Skov Olsen from Bologna [Corriere Di Bologna].

Rangers have been credited with interest in the Denmark international in the past and last week, il Resto del Carlino reported that the Ibrox side had made an ‘enquiry’ about him ahead of the January transfer window.

In-demand Skov Olsen is only playing a bit-part role at Bologna and is yet to score this season. (Photo by Emmanuele Ciancaglini/CPS Images/Getty Images)

According to that report, Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic is open to the idea of moving Olsen on as he has several targets of his own he would like to bring in.

The Gers aren’t the 21-year-old’s only admirers, though, with Real Sociedad and Besiktas both also credited with interest in the il Resto del Carlino report and Bild subsequently reporting that Hertha Berlin are also keen.

No frontrunner as such had previously been identified but a report from Corriere Di Bologna asserts that it’s Hertha who are in the ‘front row’.

In an apparent transfer blow for Rangers, Hertha Berlin are said to be leading the race for the Denmark international. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Rangers not in pole position for Olsen

Given that no one has been able to nail down the right wing or right inside forward role at Ibrox since the departure of Daniel Candeias in the summer of 2019, Olsen looks an ideal January transfer target.

He’s young, quick, tall, an established international and he has an eye for goal, as evidenced by his 27 strikes in 51 appearances for previous club FC Nordsjaelland.

There’s always going to be considerable competition for a player with these attributes, but fans will be gutted that the Gers aren’t currently thought to be leading the race as the January window nears.

Hertha are an ambitious club in a top league but Rangers do have several advantages over their German transfer rivals, as they can offer immediate European football and a chance to genuinely compete for silverware straight away.

Therefore, all hope of landing Olsen shouldn’t be abandoned just yet.

Meanwhile, Rangers have reportedly been handed a boost by a decision from a rival Premiership club.