One of the worst-kept transfer secrets in football has not yet become official, but it’s not far off. Rangers will be in the market for a new left-back this summer – Borna Barisic’s contract is expiring and there is little evidence that he deserves an extension on current form – but a man who topped the assist charts in 2022/23 will not be replacing him at Ibrox.

Club chief suggests Rangers are'99 per cent' likely to miss out on signing

 

Not with FC Twente head Jan Streuer stating that Gijs Smal is “99 percent” certain to play for Feyenoord next season.

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Rangers to miss out on Borna Barisic replacement

 

The former technical director Streuer, who is currently employed as an advisor in Enschede, told ESPN, “I assume (he will leave), because we cannot reach an agreement with him.” “Thereupon, his contract expires.”

 

Rangers was linked to the left-back in January, and the Glasgow powerhouses also pursued him throughout the winter, but ultimately decided to hold onto the services of the steadily developing Ridvan Yilmaz. The Dutchman, 26, is also well-liked at Celtic, but Rangers were still keeping tabs on him, according to a March article from Rotterdam-based journal 1908.

 

We know what we can afford at Twente. Streuer continues, “If that is too much, you have to say no,” stating that Smal’s departure from the Stadion Galgenwaard is currently “99 percent” certain.

 

First-team opportunities will not be guaranteed at Feyenoord, however. Streuer is keen to make a point of that, with Arne Slot’s side boasting arguably the division’s premiere left-back in Quilindschy Hartman.

 

“Gijs is a boy who has difficulty sitting on the bench,” Streuer warns. “He wants to play. Anyway, I don’t know what (Feyenoord are) promising him.”

 

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