By Andrew Maddox

2nd Jul, 2022 | 6:10pm

Rangers will have to fight Borussia Dortmund and Ajax for Oscar Gloukh this summer

Rangers will face competition from Borussia Dortmund and Ajax to sign Israeli wonderkid Oscar Gloukh, according to the Daily Record.

The Scottish Sun reported on Friday (1 July) that Rangers were scouting the 18-year-old, but they would have to match Maccabi Tel Aviv’s £8million valuation to sign him.

Rangers’ hopes were dealt a further blow on Saturday morning (2 July), with the Daily Record reporting that some of Europe’s biggest clubs were circling.

The report claimed that European giants Dortmund and Ajax were joined by Spanish outfit Espanyol, who have already made a bid for Gloukh.

However, the report states that the Espanyol bid was £4 million which is just half of what his side wants.

An exciting name, but a long shot

If nothing else, Rangers scouting Gloukh shows that they are looking in the right places for exciting new signings.

Anyone who watched Israel in their run to the Under-19 European Championships final will be familiar with Gloukh as he lit up the tournament.

He was Israel’s leading light throughout the tournament, scoring three goals including the opener in the final itself.

Gloukh is certainly an exciting name, but he was already a long shot before the interest from Dortmund emerged.

While £8million might not sound like much to the average Premier League fan, it is a huge sum in the Scottish Premiership.

If Rangers met Maccabi Tel Aviv’s demands, it would make Gloukh the second most expensive transfer in club history behind Tore Andre Flo.

For perspective, the £12million fee Rangers paid for Flo is still the most expensive signing in Scottish football history 22 years later.

A fee that large is likely to deter Rangers from pursuing their interest, but it at least shows that the club scouts are identifying top talents.

In other Rangers news, former hero Barry Ferguson has told the club to sort out the future of a trio of stars.