Rangers sent scouts to watch last week’s Europa League qualifying tie against AEK Athens and Craiova, according to a Greek football journalist.

Gian Chorianopoulous claims that Gers scouts joined Premier League representatives from Manchester City and Norwich City as the Athens side won 2-0 in Romania.

So who was the Ibrox club watching last week?

According to the Evening Times, the Ibrox club planned to have an eye on “Neymar of the Balkans” Stefan Baiaram.

The highly-rated 16-year-old plays for Craiova but never actually made an appearance on the night.

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So the Times suggests Rangers – with Borna Barisic’s long-term future at the club still polarising fans – may well have been looking at AEK Athens left-back Niklas Hult.

The position continues to be a troubling one for the Ibrox club.

The 29-year-old Swedish left-back has eight caps for the Scandinavian country and is in his second season at AEK.

Hult has played in the Champions League as well as across Europe, including in Ligue 1 and Greece’s Superleague.

Should Rangers make a move for the player, he’d become the second Swede to move to Ibrox under Steven Gerrard following the £3m signing of Filip Helander.

Were Rangers monitoring AEK Athens full-back Niklas Hult? (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s no official suggestion this is the case and we’ll have to wait and see if anything comes of the scouting mission.

But it’s very positive that the club is looking out for players and/or at matches where Premier League clubs such as Manchester City are in attendance.

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