Reported Rangers target, Jakub Jankto, helped the Czech Republic to Nations League promotion on Wednesday night as they defeated Slovakia 2-0 in Plzen.

Fabrizio Romano recently claimed that the Gers were close to landing the midfielder during the summer transfer window, while Sky Italia have reported [via the Daily Record], that Rangers are still interested.

Reported Rangers target Jakub Jankto

Reported Rangers target Jakub Jankto celebrates scoring for Sampdoria against Genoa. (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

Sampdoria paid a reported €15 million (£13.4m) to sign the 24-year-old from Udinese in 2019 [Gianluca Di Marzio] and he’s been in excellent form at club level recently, scoring two goals and registering an assist in his last three Serie A outings.

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It was no surprise, then, when he was named in the Czech Republic starting XI for their final Nations League fixture on Wednesday.

The hosts had to win to stay in with a chance of topping League B Group 2 and Jankto played a big part as they took the lead in the 17th minute.

The left-footer whipped in a corner from the right which picked out Tomas Soucek, who guided a header into the bottom left corner.

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A tight half an hour followed until the interval, but ten minutes into the second period, Zdenek Ondrasek’s deflected effort doubled the Czechs’ advantage.

Manager, Jaroslav Silhavy, took Jankto off in the 74th minute as his team focused on closing out the victory and with Scotland losing to Israel in Netanya, the three points proved enough to secure promotion.

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The Czech Republic squad celebrate after securing promotion. (Photo by VLASTIMIL VACEK/AFP via Getty Images)

Jankto will now return to Italy full of confidence, ahead of Sampdoria’s home fixture against Bologna on Sunday.

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