By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

9th May, 2021 | 4:55pm

Alex McLeish fires big warning as Rangers target Joey Veerman - Exclusive

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Alex McLeish has reacted to reports linking Rangers with a move for Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman, insisting it could take time for him to adapt.

Michael Mols recently described the Dutch playmaker as the “perfect” player, but did fire him a big warning ahead of any potential movement.

McLeish supported that and claimed that the Scottish Premiership can surprise foreign exports coming in to join the Old Firm clubs.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “A lot of them are left surprised.

“Nowadays the players are much more protected, and dangerous tackles are now eliminated, but you’re still going to get closed down quickly.

“It takes a lot of the foreign players time to settle, as we’ve seen, with some of Celtic’s players, and getting that recruitment is absolutely vital, so Veerman is a big talent.

“If Micky Mols is telling us stuff like that, it could take him time to adapt.”

Nothing to lose.

The Sun linked the Bears with a move for Veerman in the summer and reported that it would only take £5million to make the switch.

Veerman has scored seven goals and added nine assists in his 29 appearances this season, and could offer brilliant competition in midfield with his creativity.

There could be nothing to lose by making this move, with £5million a complete snip and better business than the likes of Celtic have been completing in recent years.

Of course, we can’t expect magic instantly, so once Veerman gets used to the Scottish Premiership, we should see the best of him, if the move is completed.

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