As Euro 2020 gets into full swing, it’s hard to blame Rangers fans from getting excited at some of the breakthrough names of the tournament.
The likes of Sassuolo’s Manuel Locatelli of Italy and Atalanta’s Robin Gosens of Germany might have been on some fans’ radars but Euro 2020 may well count as the competition which catapulted them in their careers.
These sorts of players are the preserve of the elite and whilst Gers fans have no realistic interest in signing any of these stars, there are other breakthrough stars who might’ve caught their eye.
Traditionally, perhaps the likes of KAA Gent forward and Ukraine striker Roman Yuremchuk might pique the interest of one or two bears.
Plying his trade in Belgium – a league Rangers have used extensively in recent seasons – the big forward looks a powerful and potent addition but the reality is, he too is out of the club’s price range.
Rangers wouldn’t theoretically be the only ones looking and apparently there’s West Ham interest to the tune of £18m [Calcio Mercato].
Similarly, Danish youngster Mikkel Damsgaard, now this tournament’s youngster scoring following a lovely opener in the 4-1 win over Russia, might be another who receives Gers interest.
The Sampdoria midfielder is only 20 and has looks a top talent ready to explode onto the scene.
Some may talk down the potential of a player moving from Serie A to Scotland but Filip Helander did and Damsgaard’s Sampdoria teammate Jakub Jankto reportedly almost moved to Ibrox last summer.
The megabucks of the Premier League is once again reportedly all over it with the Hammers, Spurs and Leicester all reportedly tailing a talent said to be worth €20m (£17m) [Club Doria 46].
The reality is that for the stand-out players at any level Rangers are unlikely to be able to match the reported interest from elsewhere, a sign of the times at Ibrox and in football.
But what these links can serve as is an example to Rangers when it comes to the club’s top talent currently on show at the tournament.
Glen Kamara has been the only Rangers contributor so far and has stolen the show in all of Finland’s group matches with commentators waxing lyrical and even Belgium’s star-strewn midfield bossed.
If Arsenal or Watford want the player – similar to those reports surrounding Yuermchuk or Damsgaard – then they better be willing to stump up.
If clubs like KAA Gent or Sampdoria can demand top dollar then why can’t we?
There’s exit reports aplenty regarding Rangers star Kamara but the player himself is clear that he’s focused on 56 until told otherwise.