By Joe Ellis

29th Jun, 2022 | 10:06am

Rangers have second Antonio Colak bid rejected, PAOK stand firm over price

Rangers have had a bid for PAOK striker Antonio Colak turned down for the second time this summer, according to Greek journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos.

The Light Blues were reported to have submitted an offer of £2million by The Sun after their previous attempts were turned away by the Greek Super League side [Chorianopoulos on 21 June].

But despite their increased offer, PAOK have still told the Bears no and that they won’t accept anything less than the £2.5milion up front they spent on the Croatian when they signed him from Rijeka in 2020.

“Rangers have had a new bid rejected by PAOK for Antonio Čolak. New offer was at €2,3m. plus add-ons. PAOK demands €3m,” Chorianopoulos said via his personal Twitter account.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has made it clear he wants a new striker this summer having been forced to play Joe Aribo out of position as a false nine towards the end of the 2021-22 campaign due to injuries for Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe.

Just pay it

If we have decided that Colak, 28, is the player we really want to sign then we might as well meet their asking price and get it done before anyone else comes in and poaches him from under our nose.

We’ve looked at many strikers over the course of the past few weeks since the previous season came to an end with Scottish Cup glory but none have seen this amount of interest on our end.

The manager needs to have a good word with Ross Wilson and the rest of the Rangers board about what their priority is because if this is our man, then we should not be hesitating over the odd hundred thousand quid here and there.

Let’s head back to Greece with every penny they are asking for, get a deal agreed and then fly to wherever Colak and his agent currently are and get the deal signed and sorted as soon as possible because the new season is approaching much quicker than many people realise.

In other Rangers news, the Light Blues have delved into the Scottish Championship to sign a promising 16-year-old from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.