By Pranav Shahaney

17th Jul, 2021 | 7:15am

Robert Molenaar urges Joey Veerman to join Rangers

Joey Veerman has been urged to join Rangers by his mentor Robert Molenaar.

He was the man who gave the Dutch midfielder his senior debut as a 17-year-old at Volendam.

Dutch publication De Telegraaf have reported that Rangers made a £3.85million offer for Veerman while Italian side Hellas Verona made a bid closer to £4.5million.

However, both bids haven’t met what Heerenveen want for the player. The Glasgow Times believe £7million will be needed to prise the 22-year-old away from the Netherlands.

Discussing his future with The Daily Record, Molenaar said, “If you want to be in contention for a call-up, you need to be in the limelight as much as possible.

“So I think Rangers would be a better move from that point of view.

“I don’t know Verona so much but Rangers are hoping to be in the Champions League and that is definitely a major ambition of Joey’s. That’s something he would definitely consider.”

Let’s get him to Ibrox

Steven Gerrard is understood to have already opened talks with the player’s agent so it will be interesting to see where this deal goes.

The Gers manager is impressed with the 22-year-old as he plays a similar role as he did during his Liverpool heyday.

Veerman is an extremely technical and skillful playmaker and is capable of wreaking havoc in the middle and final third. He’s not only a midfielder who enjoys playing the killer pass, but also prefers getting into the box and scoring goals.

Last season, he scored 7 goals in 31 appearances from a midfield position and also bagged ten assists.

Still only 22, even at £7million he will prove to be a steal. The way he’s improved over the last two years, we only expect him to continue the upward trajectory.

It’s not far-fetched to assume that within a couple of years, his value could rise over the £30million mark.

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