By Joe Ellis

22nd Jun, 2022 | 11:25am

Rangers could make third approach for Ivan Lepinjica after previous failed attempts

Rangers could try again to sign Rijeka midfielder Ivan Lepinjica this summer with Premier League sides also in the hunt, according to Izak Ante Sucic.

The 22-year-old has previously been on the Light Blues’ radar as recently as last summer, as per Sportske, and Sucic, who is a journalist for Croatian media outlet Germanijak, thinks they also tried three years ago when he was still a teenager.

No official offer has been submitted yet for the six-foot, three-inches Croatian Under-21 international but the Bears could face competition from both Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur, as Sucic writes on his personal Twitter account.

Lepinjica was a regular for Rijeka during the 2021-22 season as he played 31 times across all competitions, including the Europa Conference League, scoring twice from the heart of the midfield.

The 22-year-old is also capable of playing as a centre-half should it be required where his height becomes a real asset in both boxes.

Third time’s a charm

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Surely we are not going to see a third chance to sign Lepinjica pass us by?

We’ve had two previous summers of interest to no avail and if we have a third go without him arriving at Ibrox then we can consider that a massive failure.

We also didn’t have this Premier League pressure to deal with last time around and if both Wolves and Spurs make official approaches for the 22-year-old, we may as well kiss goodbye to any hopes of him joining us.

A player from abroad will always choose the Premier League over the Scottish Premiership when given the choice and the money that is in the English game at the moment will just serve to supplement that decision.

So if we really do have genuine interest in the Croatian, we need to act fast to get ahead of the ball game and bring this monstrous midfield maestro to Ibrox for the 2022-23 campaign.

In other Rangers news, this Bears backup is ready to quit the club this summer after having assurances broken by Giovanni van Bronckhorst.