Rangers linked midfielder Niklas Dorsch has signed for Belgian top-flight club Gent on a long-term contract.

The 22-year-old had been tipped for a move away from FC Heidenheim for some time and now, just a few weeks after the club missed out on promotion to the Bundesliga via the play-offs, he’s sealed his exit.

Dorsch was linked with Rangers during his time at FC Heidenheim but has signed for Gent
Dorsch was linked with Rangers during his time at FC Heidenheim but has signed for Gent. (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Dorsch is one of several central midfielders said to have been interesting Rangers over recent months.

The former Bayern Munich player was most recently linked with a switch to Ibrox by German publication InFranken, who claimed both the Gers and Hamburg were interested in snapping him up for a reduced price amid the global health crisis.

However, it’s now clear that he won’t be donning a Rangers strip for the foreseeable future.

On Thursday afternoon, Gent officially announced Dorsch’s signing on a four-year contract.

There is no mention of the transfer fee in the club’s release, but chief scout Tim Matthys raved about the former Germany youth international, labelling him a “technically very skilled player” who “combines this with a good dose of healthy aggressiveness in ball loss” [KAA Gent].

Gent finished second in the curtailed 2019/20 Belgian Pro League season and as a result, have gained entry to the third round of Champions League qualifying.

Rangers’ search for a dynamic midfielder continues, then, with Bongani Zungu now perhaps the most likely to end up at Ibrox.

The Scotsman reported last week that the Gers had opened talks with 27-year-old South African international who is being valued at just under £4 million, while Assistant Manager, Gary McAllister, admitted he’s on the club’s radar [Glasgow Times].

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