Gers in “strong position” but latest pursuit could hinge on title win; £75m motivation cited
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Rangers target on Champions League “dream” and £75m ex-Celtic star

Rangers are said to be in a “strong position” when it comes Danilho Doekhi – but success when it comes to the centre-back may well hinge on the player’s Champions League dream.

The big defender has also been speaking about Dutch role model Virgil van Dijk, who took the route to superstardom via Old Firm rivals Celtic before moving to the Premier League.

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The Gers have already announced the pre-contract signing of Scotland international defender John Souttar and Vitesse Arnhem captain Danilho Doekhi is a known target to bolster the backline.


According to the Athletic and Jordan Campbell, Rangers are in a “strong position” when it comes to the Dutchman who could become the Gers’ first signing from the Netherlands under their new Giovanni van Bronckhorst led coaching staff.

But whilst Danilho Doekhi has previously talked up the possibility of signing for Rangers, the player has his sights set on the Champions League as he looks to follow in £75m Liverpool star van Dijk’s footsteps.

Rangers target Danilho Doekhi dreams of Champions League and Dutch glory

“My dream? Playing in the Champions League and for the Netherlands,” said Danilho Doekhi [de Volkskrant].

“I watch his game a lot (Van Dijk). I try to analyse on a detailed level how he handles certain competition situations.

“Players are never completely the same in terms of qualities, but I try to recognise things in his game that I could also do.

“But if I continue to develop as I am doing now, I think I can reach the top one day.”

These comments highlight the importance of a title victory this season, with the Scottish Premiership victor likely to gain automatic entry to the Champions League.

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Rangers continue to be linked to Danilho Doekhi with the Gers looking at a serious defensive reshuffle heading into next season.

The Ibrox side are potentially set to lose influential vice-captain Connor Goldson when his deal expires at the end of the season, whilst Leon Balogun will see his contract expire come June.

Speaking of John Souttar, the defender showed his class by overcoming the Hearts boo-boys to put in a stellar showing in the Tynecastle club’s latest victory.

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