Rangers are in a “strong position” to secure the pre-contract signing of Vitesse Arnhem defender Danilho Doekhi as the player himself admits the Ibrox side are interested.

The Gers have been extensively linked to the 23-year-old Netherlands defender since the summer and the player is now in the final six months of his contract at Vitesse.

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Despite captaining the club, Danilho Doekhi is expected to move on by the end of his current deal at the latest with Rangers, Dinamo Zagreb and Napoli all linked during the week.

However, it is the Ibrox side who have stolen a march on the competition with the Athletic claiming Rangers are in a “strong position” regarding the defender.

That’s despite the fact that Doekhi is “in demand” with Rangers amongst several clubs interest in signing the player.

Vitesse captain Danilho Doekhi confirms Rangers interest

Reported interest in Danilho Doekhi has been ramping up all week long with the player himself appearing to confirm the Rangers links.

“They [Rangers] do follow me, but there are several clubs,” said Doekhi [Omroep Gelderland].

“The fans don’t have to worry about me leaving yet. But there are certainly things that you can philosophize about yourself.

“To my knowledge, there has not yet been a club that has reported to Vitesse. And I myself have been not so much thinking of a winter transfer, but again of a departure in the summer.

“When a big club comes up with a good plan, it’s difficult to say ‘no’. So it also depends on that.

“Especially in this world, you have to take everything into account. You know that things can change very quickly. I now just assume that I will still play football at Vitesse for the next six months.”

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The links to Danilho Doekhi also come at the same time as claims that Rangers are interested in Hearts defender John Souttar.

According to reports in the Glasgow Times and from Four Lads Had a Dream, Rangers have a “vested interest” in the Jambos star and have launched a bid.

But what does all of this say about the future of Connor Goldson? With two high profile defenders being targeted ahead of next season, does that suggest the Ibrox vice-captain could move on?

Speaking of Danilho Doekhi, read how the success of an ex-Celtic man can inspire him to move to Ibrox.

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