As Rangers went into the January transfer window, Ibrox fans aplenty were dreaming of signing Dutch PSG wonderkid Xavi Simons as his contract ticked down in Paris.
But by the time the winter window comes to an end, the 18-year-old playmaker’s continuing exposure to first team football at the Qatari-rich French outfit suggests those early links may have been nothing but a pipe dream.
Originally linked by the reputable AS Diario in Spain, the Gers were mentioned alongside Barcelona as suitors for the youngster amid a lack of playing time in Paris as his contract runs down.
But as the weeks have gone one, PSG have clearly heeded warnings when it comes to Xavi Simons and endeavoured to include the kid in more first-team matches.
French Cup encounters have offered Simons the chance to play from the start of matches, but now the talented Dutch midfielder has been involved in Ligue 1.
Xavi Simons makes PSG Ligue 1 appearance in potential Rangers blow
Taking to the field for the final 20 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Lyon, Xavi Simons was sent on with PSG trailing in a big statement from manager Mauricio Pochettino.
It was Simons’ first Ligue 1 appearance of the season – only his second ever – and a sign that PSG are giving him more first team exposure in the hope that he’ll commit his future at Parc des Princes.
Needless to say, this breakthrough appearance is a suggestion that should perhaps give Rangers fans a wake-up call regarding potential interest in the player.
PSG can afford to pay what is essentially a youth talent more than our highest earner and with Rangers refusing to break their wage budget, it’s ominous for ambitious bluenoses.
Xavi Simons’ involvement v Lyon comes amid reported complaints regarding a lack of gametime and is perhaps a sign that PSG are taking the youngster’s fears seriously.
But whilst links to Xavi Simons and PSG might be ambitious ones for Rangers, the Gers have been linked with a more realistic raid on a Scottish Premiership rival.