Former Rangers midfielder Christian Nerlinger has confirmed apparent Ibrox interest in former Heidenheim midfielder Niklas Dorsch.

The Gers were extensively linked to former Bayern Munich midfielder Dorsch during the German’s time in Bundesliga 2 whilst Steven Gerrard was manager of the club in 2020.

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But for whatever reason, the interest never materialised and Niklas Dorsch wound up moving to Belgium and Pro League side KAA Gent.

Fast forward a season and Rangers-linked Niklas Dorsch is back in Germany following a €7m (£5.9m) move to Bundesliga side Augsburg.

Speaking to the Athletic ahead of Rangers’ clash with former side Borussia Dortmund, Christian Nerlinger appeared to confirm that Ibrox interest as legitimate.

This is because German U21 international Niklas Dorsch, now 24, is a client of Nerlinger’s, the former German international going on to set up as a football agent.

Christian Nerlinger confirms one-time Rangers interest in Niklas Dorsch

“Rangers showed interest but it never came to a situation where we were talking concretely. They went in a different direction,” said Nerlinger.

“It would have been a perfect fit but Niklas (Dorsch) was also wanting to become an important player in the Bundesliga. He is now a leading player at Augsburg.

“I thought I would try the agent business and it has been a surprise. I like what I’m doing and since 2017 I have had my own company, CN Sports.

“I’m on my own and look after 20 players, so the idea is to have a small group of quality players and really look after them.

“When I talk about my career and my injury problems, it helps me as you know how the guys feel. We have intense communication and those feelings come back to me.

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“I don’t see it as a business, I see it from a player’s perspective.”

Read the full interview to hear what Christian Nerlinger had to say about everything from his work as sporting director at Bayern Munich, his time at Borussia Dortmund, and his time at Rangers.

A talented footballer whose career was cut short by injury issues, Christian Nerlinger’s only trip to play abroad was with Rangers after signing in a reported £2.5m deal [Irish Examiner].

Meanwhile, some cheeky Rangers fans have been leaving their mark in the Dortmund Ultras section before the game in Germany.

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