Rangers pursuit of Joey Veerman has gone quiet in recent days, without even the slightest hint of any renewed, rejected or accepted bids for the Dutch Under-21 cap.
Heerenveen manager, Jonny Jensen, is equally in the dark and, as told to Omrop Fryslan via The Daily Record, he is yet to hear anything that suggests Veerman is going to be anything other than his player for the upcoming season:
“The state of affairs is that I don’t really know anything about (Veerman’s future).
“Ultimately, the ball is in Ferry de Haan’s court. If there is eventually interest in Veerman and it becomes clear, then it will be reported to me.
“But I haven’t heard anything about that, so it must be nothing to worry about.”
De Haan is the Eredivisie side’s technical director and he remains adamant that, because of Veerman’s contract status, they can demand whatever they want for the 22-year old, a fee of over £8million appears to still be the required figure if reports are accurate.
One thing that was evident in the weekend’s friendly fixtures against Brighton and then Real Madrid is that Rangers might not actually need a number eight in midfield anymore due to a subtle tactical adjustment made by Steven Gerrard.
We’ve seen glimpses of it but Ianis Hagi playing in a deeper role has looked real effective, being able to receive the ball facing the way we are attacking has played into his ability to find team-mates with his incredible passing range, it also gives him the opportunity to dictate play from either side of the park rather than having to be more disciplined.
Will Alfredo Morelos be sold this summer?
It was noticeable how hard he worked out of possession and it may be that we have just saved ourselves £8m by being creative with the players we already have at our disposal – the benefits of having a recruitment team that can identify talented players I suppose.