Rangers transfer failure laid bare as Ibrox-linked ex-Bayern playmaker nets club £6m
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Niklas Dorsch nets KAA Gent £6m a year on from extensive Rangers links

Former German U21 international midfielder Niklas Dorsch has moved to Bundesliga side Augsburg for a reported £6m (€7m) – just a year on from one when Rangers missed out on the player.

Cast your mind back to last summer and you’ll remember Rangers being extensively linked to the player during his time with Bundesliga 2 Heidenheim.

The ex-Bayern Munich youth had just narrowly missed out on promotion to the German top tier with German outlet InFranken reporting back then that the Gers were interested.

It was a prospective move which had plenty excited at the time, but it wasn’t to be as Dorsch, now 23, made the move to Belgian Pro League outfit KAA Gent.


The midfielder signed a long-term contract in Belgium on a free following the expiration of his deal at Heidenheim.

The midfielder also appears to have impressed at Gent last season, netting four goals and laying on four assists in 43 games for the club.

Also playing a key role in the Germany U21 side’s successful European Championship campaign this summer, Rangers may well rue not getting this particular deal over the line.

A midfield playmaker who may well have been primed to eventually fill the boots of Steven Davis, the player will now look to establish himself at Bundesliga level with Augsburg.

Ex-Bayern Munich youth Niklas Dorsch chose a move to Belgian side KAA Gent over reported interest from Rangers. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Coming through the youth ranks at Bayern Munich, Dorsch even broke through into the German giant’s first team in 2018, netting on his debut in a 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Dorsch isn’t the only Germany U21 international midfielder who’s been linked to Rangers as of late either – and he’s not the only one the club apparently missed out on.

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