Rangers missed out on signing 20-year-old surprise Newcastle United summer transfer Ludwig Francillette, according to French outlet L’Equipe.

According to the reputable French newspaper, the central defender was on Rangers’ radar before Newcastle pounced on the player.

But the Ibrox club’s interest wasn’t followed through as the Premier League side pounced to make the towering 6ft4 centre-half their own.

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The journey of Ludwig Francillette from the lowest regions of French football to the riches of the Premier League has been described as a “fairytale”.

 

That was the term used by AS Quetigny Football director Alexandre Lebrerogovitz – Francillette played in the reserve team of the sixth-tier French side only 12 months ago.

The defender quickly established himself as a part of the AS Quetigny first team after being released by Dijon and his inspiring journey has now taken him to England.

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It’s been a monumental rise and given the small hype around this lesser-known Premier League signing – who didn’t have a Wikipedia prior to joining Newcastle – it’s a testament to the reach of the Rangers scouting team.

Rangers did need two centre-backs before the campaign but we opted to move for Oldham’s George Edmundson and Genoa’s Filip Helander instead.

Rangers opted to splash the cash on Swedish centre-half Filip Helander instead. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Newcastle might’ve snipped Rangers to this bargain signing – with Francillette now going into the Tyneside club’s development squad – but at least we appear to have been sniffing around.

Who knows – maybe it’ll Rangers who unearth the next bargain from the lower leagues of European football?

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