What's happening with the biggest Rangers story of the last fortnight?
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What happened to those Rangers links with Claudio Marchisio?

Amongst the humdrum and turgid drama of the international break, there was one Rangers story which dominated our news feeds – those links to Claudio Marchisio.

And yet – almost as soon as a ball was kicked against Livingston – the story appears to have disappeared.

So, after reports from France [RMC Sport] and Italy [Matteo Pedrosi] appeared adamant that we were rivalling Flamengo and Monaco for the player’s signature, what’s happening with Claudio Marchisio?

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard admitted that he admires Claudio Marchisio. (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/GettyImages)

Well, Steven Gerrard himself has had plenty to say about the links – or rather about Marchisio.

“It’s just another name that gets bandied about,” said Gerrard [Daily Record].

“He is a fantastic player – I played against him. I love the player but there is no truth in that.”

Despite those claims, it hasn’t stopped the Daily Express running a story saying the reason why Rangers aren’t moving for Marchisio is because of the player’s wage demands.

We’ve seen before that when Steven Gerrard speaks to the press about transfers, it rarely makes a difference to what the club’s actual intentions are.

But – given the outlandish nature of the links and the fact it was the international break – you have got to believe him on this one.

Claudio Marchisio last turned out for Zenit St. Petersburg. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

These kinds of stories appear to fill gaps in coverage during dry spells such as when the national sides meet throughout the season.

This Marchisio one at least appears to be no different.

If it seemed a long-shot to begin with – it’s probably an even longer one now.

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