Rangers have spent handsomely on the forward line this summer as Michael Beale looks to rebuild a new attack but how much will missing out on Nikola Krstovic come back to haunt him?

The Montengro international has just moved to Serie A from Serbian outfit Dunajska Streda after a prolific breakthrough season and was rumoured to be a target for the Light Blues.

A reported £5m transfer fee ruled Rangers out, however, Nikola Krstovic has just been announced as a Lecce player for £3.2m as reported by Transfer News Central.

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For that sort of fee, the 23-year old must never have been a realistic target.

He is the prototype modern striker – able to lead the line on his own or drift into channels and create space for teammates.

Not only this, but he can score every type of goal.

Rangers miss the boat for Nikola Krstovic

Lecce are an up and coming side in Italy with a long-term plan to disrupt the Serie A big guns and Krstovic is a good place to start.

As a comparision, it looks like Rangers have preferred to go with Danilo rather than Nikola Krstovic in terms of skillset, even if the Brazilian did cost a bit more.

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Michael Beale has decided that experience in a better league at a bigger club makes the new Light Blues number 99 less of a risk.

With nearly 30 goals last season, Krstovic will struggle to be quite as deadly in a league that is a big step up in quality but he has all the tools needed to be a success.

Like Petar Ratkov, he’s another talented youngster to keep an eye on who joins the ever growing list of “what might have been”.