Former Rangers transfer target Zinedine Ferhat has reportedly downed tools at Nimes Olympique following a fresh link to the Gers’ fiercest rivals Celtic [Objectif Gard via the Daily Record].

Rangers were first linked with Ferhat by Foot Mercato back in May 2021.


The 4th Official subsequently asserted that the interest was genuine and that Rangers had approached Nimes regarding a possible transfer.

The alleged interest came after the Algeria international scored six goals and notched ten assists during the 2020/21 Ligue 1 season.


Former Rangers target reportedly downs tools

Ferhat stayed put in the end, despite his club’s relegation to Ligue 2, but now it’s said that he’s pushing for a move after barely featuring over the first half of the season.

Objectif Gard reports via the Daily Record that the 28-year-old is refusing to attend Nimes training and has instead returned home to Algeria to ‘recharge his batteries’ while his agent finds him a new club.

This development comes after a New Year’s Eve report from Foot Mercato claimed that Celtic rather than Rangers are now considering swooping for the soon-to-be out-of-contract winger.

Rangers Celtic former Zinedine Ferhat
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Should Gers try to hijack possible Ferhat to Hoops deal?

Ferhat’s numbers last season were impressive, particularly given that he was playing for a struggling team in a top European league.

However, although his contract situation ensures he’ll be available on the cheap, there are plenty of reasons why Rangers may be better off letting Celtic crack on here.

Ferhat is short of match fitness, having made just four starts so far this season, so it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be in a position to hit the ground running wherever he goes this month.

Furthermore, at 28, he could well be past his peak and his resale value would be minimal if he spent two to three years at Ibrox.

And finally, if he really has left France and refused to train despite being contracted to Nimes, that doesn’t suggest he has the attitude required of a Rangers player.

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