By Doug Ward

16th Jan, 2022 | 9:03am

Club Brugge beat Rangers to sign Bologna ace Skov Olsen, advanced talks underway

Club Brugge have beaten Rangers in the race to sign Bologna winger Andreas Skov Olsen, according to HLN.

The Belgian newspaper reports that Brugge are in advanced talks to sign the 22-year-old Denmark international and could wrap up a deal for him in the coming week.

It is understood that Skov Olsen will cost Brugge up to £5million.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reported on 15 January [page 20] that Rangers had bid the same amount of money for the Bologna winger.

However, HLN reports that despite interest from the Gers, Torino and Hertha Berlin, Skov Olsen has opted for Club Brugge as they are his “clear preference”.

Fair and square

It seems like this was a case of two teams tabling the same bids and the player ultimately choosing one club over the other.

That’s fair enough.

But Skov Olsen is missing out on an opportunity to play for one of the biggest clubs in Europe here.

Club Brugge are Champions League regulars but as it stands, they are second in the Belgian top-flight and are four points behind surprise leaders Royale Union Saint-Gilloise.

Brugge are expected to get back into the lead of the Belgian top-flight and secure Champions League football next season but Rangers are four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

We can also offer European players a stage to impress if they want to eventually play in the English Premier League.

But Skov Olsen has made his bed and it’s time for him to lie in it.

We can’t pretend that we didn’t want the Dane – we were really excited by the transfer rumours surrounding him.

However, there are plenty more fish in the sea and we have no doubt that Ross Wilson has many irons in the fire to add to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s squad.

In other Rangers news, a major bust-up has been mooted at Ibrox after news broke earlier this week.