Michael Mols is wrong, Joey Veerman would shine at Rangers
Rangers can hit the jackpot if they signed Joey Veerman from Heerenveen in the summer despite Michael Mols worrying about whether the midfielder would suit Scottish football.
The Scottish Sun has this week reported that the Gers have sent scouts to the Netherlands to watch Veerman with the 22-year-old “regarded as the hottest prospect in Dutch football”.
Southampton are also said to be keen on the midfielder, who’s valued at £5million by Eredivisie side Heerenveen.
Shortly after those links emerged, ex-Bear Mols told the Daily Record he has doubts about whether Veerman would be able to perform in the Premiership due to the Scottish top-flight being far more “physical” than the Dutch league.
We completely disagree with Mols though.
According to the Daily Record, Veerman can be compared to Barry Ferguson in his prime at Ibrox or Celtic’s Callum McGregor – two players who haven’t exactly struggled in Scotland.
It is understood that Veerman is someone who “comes alive when he has the ball at his feet” despite not being the most physical of players and that is shown in his stats.
According to Wyscout, Veerman has completed 75.9 per cent of his passes in the Eredivise this season, which isn’t the most exciting of stats. However, the ex-Dutch Under-19 international has averaged 3.53 passes into the penalty area per 90 minutes this term, meaning he’s someone who isn’t afraid to try and create chances to score.
That’s reflected in his assist stats. He’s set up 10 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions this season for Heerenveen (he’s also scored nine times) and he also ranks ninth in the Eredivisie for expected assists [5.95].
Veerman’s also second in the Dutch top-flight for passes into the final third , fifth for smart passes  and 12th for key passes .
You don’t need to be a physical specimen to be able to pass the ball the way that Veerman does, he just needs the ability to create himself time and space to make those passes.
In other Rangers news, bitter Andy Walker has suggested this player might have to leave Ibrox.