Rangers-linked PSG wonderkid Xavi Simons has been praised by manager Mauricio Pochettino following the youngster’s contribution during his first appearance in Ligue 1.

Simons has featured for PSG in two French Cup matches so far this season, with victories against Feignies and Vannes giving the player some much-needed game time.

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Following a cameo against Lyon in the 1-1 draw on Sunday, in which the 18-year-old played a part in the PSG equaliser, his manager has praised him.

“Maybe I should have started with other players,” Pochettino said [DeTelegraaf] when admitted following the match, referring to Simons.

“They brought our team renewed enthusiasm and energy because our ball circulation was too low for that.”

According to French outlet L’Equipe, Simons is unhappy with his chances at the European heavyweights as Rangers are interested in taking the player on loan [DailyRecord].

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With these comments from his manager following on from his first Ligue 1 appearance, it looks like a potential blow for the Ibrox side in their pursuit of the midfielder.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is constantly looking to retune the squad, with many fringe players looking to leave, a loan deal for the Dutchman would have made both parties happy.

With Barcelona also interested, it remains to be seen what could happen as the January transfer window approaches its mid-way point.

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Rangers have already brought in one player, James Sands, on an 18-month loan deal, and we look set to sign John Souttar on a pre-contract agreement. These are good signings and van Bronckhorst looks like he is planning well ahead of a busy summer for the side.

Meanwhile, Rangers face a battle to keep Glen Kamara as Arsenal has shown interest in the Finnish midfielder.

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