As Rangers reportedly battle three sides in the hunt for Vitesse Arnhem captain Danilho Doekhi, the career progression of ex-Celtic star Virgil van Dijk can help sell Scotland to the centre-back.
Rangers, Serie A club Napoli and Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb have all been mentioned in the Dutch press this week as keeping tabs on the defender as his contract ticks down [De Gelderlander].
Rangers have been extensively linked to Danilho Doekhi since the summer and as he enters the final six months of his deal there will be much made regarding his future.
The Gers know all about contract stalemates with important first team defenders and Doekhi could well be signed as a replacement for Connor Goldson, who is yet to sign on at Ibrox.
But before any of that happens Rangers have to convince Danilho Doekhi to choose Ibrox over a host of potentially interesting options and the story of Virgil van Dijk can help the club do so.
Virgil van Dijk career trajectory can help convince Danilho Doekhi to choose Rangers
Dutch international centre-back Virgil van Dijk – now 30 – joined Celtic from Groningen in the summer of 2013 in a £2.6m deal as a fresh-faced 22-year-old.
The now world-renowned defender would spend two seasons at Parkhead before earning a £13m move to Southampton, where after three seasons he switched to Liverpool.
The eye-watering £75m fee the Reds paid for Virgil van Dijk in 2017 remains a world record transfer fee paid for a defender.
Virgil van Dijk is undoubtedly a success story and Danilho Doekhi can look at his trajectory after joining Celtic as inspiration to move to Rangers.
If Doekhi can excel at Ibrox, it offers the defender a massive platform to go on and impress south of the border and potentially go on to join some of the biggest clubs in the game.
It’s not only the pathway of Virgil van Dijk that should appeal to Danilho Doekhi when it comes to Rangers either.
The Gers’ Dutch coaching contingent – including Dave Vos who would’ve spent time at Jong Ajax with Danilho Doekhi – must surely be an attractive prospect for Dutch players coming to Rangers.
We’ll have to wait and see how things transpire in the weeks and months ahead but if Danilho Doekhi is looking for Rangers or Scottish inspiration, he need look no further than the success of Virgil van Dijk.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club have already announced the signing of a central defender this January.