By Joe Ellis

26th Jun, 2022 | 11:40am

Rangers-linked Ivan Lepinjica speaks out over transfer speculation

Giovanni van Bronckhorst wants to make improvements to the Rangers midfield this summer and could target Croatia for his solution.

Rijeka ace Ivan Lepinjica is the man who the Dutchman has identified as a potential transfer target [Izak Ante Sucic] but they are likely to face stiff competition from Premier League side Wolves.

No offers have been submitted yet but the 22-year-old has admitted that he can’t rule out a move away from his homeland if a concrete offer comes in.

“I won’t think too much about leaving until a concrete offer comes in, “Lepinjca said, as quoted by the Daily Record. “I am focused on my preparations for the new season and I want to do them as well as possible.

“At the beginning of every new season, I always go into it with an ambition to make this ‘my season.’ Whoever I play for, I hope this will be the case.

“Which league would I prefer to play in? Every one of the big five European leagues are great competitions, but we will see.”

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We’re not going to pretend like we have watched Rijeka and Lepinjica every week so we can’t say for certain how he is likely to play or if he would be capable of the step up to the Scottish Premiership.

But when you realise he is six-foot, three-inches tall, you can’t imagine that he will struggle with the physicality of British football in any way.

The questions will all be technical and mental which is something we will never get the answer to unless we take the risk and bring him to Ibrox this summer.

He isn’t going to be a midfielder who scores bags of goals like Joe Aribo has become for us recently with his game more focused on the defensive aspect but he could form a brilliant pair with Joh Lundstram in the middle of the park.

That duo protecting the defence would give license to the front four, whoever it may be, and James Tavernier to carry on attacking as much as they like and that might be the recipe that sees us regain our Scottish crown next season.

In other Rangers news, Kenny Miller thinks Aribo should head to this destination if he decides to leave Ibrox this summer.