By Joe Ellis

13th May, 2022 | 4:40pm

Rangers snubbed by Danilho Doekhi in favour of Union Berlin free transfer

Rangers appear to have missed out in the congested race to sign Vitesse defender Danilho Doekhi, according to Dutch news outlet Gelderlander.

The 23-year-old has already confirmed his intentions to leave his current club on a free transfer at the end of the season and the Light Blues were among a wave of clubs hoping to be the ones to sign him.

The Vitesse captain appears to have made his mind up though as he is now nearing a move to Bundesliga side Union Berlin after four years in Arnhem with his current club.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst had identified Doekhi as a potential target back in January but opted not to make a move then with the hope of signing him for nothing this summer.

Stuttgart, Hertha Berlin, Atalanta, Fiorentina, Napoli and Genoa are also in the same position as Rangers having all followed his progress closely this season with the intentions of swooping this summer.

Unnecessary

This is actually a blessing in disguise for van Bronckhorst because he already has a bloated central defensive area and he could do without any more additions to confuse matters more.

Connor Goldson and Calvin Bassey have been the ever-reliable duo in recent weeks and they have proven formidable for any opponent that has faced them but even the backups are better than Doekhi.

Leon Balogun and Filip Helander are both fully-fledged internationals and Leon King has proven himself to be a very promising young talent on the rare occasions he has played for the Gers this season.

Add to that Lewis Mayo returning from loan having been named in the Scottish Championship team of the year and then John Souttar arriving on a free himself from Hearts and you’ve got a very clustered defence.

Some of those names might leave but the last thing we need to be doing is signing more centre-halves when there are much more pressing concerns elsewhere on the field.

In other Rangers news, we’ve been left red-faced by Eintracht Frankfurt after they sold out their 50,000-seater stadium for the Europa League final and we did nothing.