Rangers have reportedly increased their offer for Croatian international PAOK striker Antonio Colak as the Gers look to boost their Champions League qualification drive.

The 28-year-old striker downed the Ibrox side with a deadly double in the tournament last season and now the Gers look increasingly keen to have him on board for the qualifiers.

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Colak netted twice as 10-man Malmo came from behind to defeat Rangers 2-1 at Ibrox and send the club crashing from European football’s elite tournament at the QR3 stage.

This time around there’s an expectation the Gers are better prepared and for all intents and purposes it appears Giovanni van Bronckhorst is turning to the man who killed the club’s dream last season to help ignite it this time around.

The links to Antonio Colak have been intensifying for the last week or so and now the Scottish Sun are claiming that Rangers have submitted an increased £2m bid for the striker.

This is still less than the £2.6m journalists in Greece have been claiming that PAOK hope to recoup for the striker, who joined them from Rijeka for this fee in 2020.

The Sun report also claims that one potential delay to this deal is the fact PAOK are busy trying to source a replacement for the player.

It’s a link that’s not going away and now attention will turn to how PAOK respond with all the sounds suggesting Antonio Colak himself is keen on a move to Rangers.

There have also been suggestions that as many as four other European clubs are interested in signing the forward with Rangers the ex-Malmo star’s preferred destination.

Rangers are known to be in the market for a striker – especially since Cedric Itten left for BSC Young Boys – and now all reports are pointing to Antonio Colak.

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With £40m reportedly on the line with regards Champions League qualification, Rangers will be hoping the striker has the reverse impact on the club this season and can fire them back to Europe’s top table.

Meanwhile, a reputable Euro outlet has claimed that a team of Champions League underdogs are interested in a key Rangers star.

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