By Doug Ward

8th Jul, 2022 | 4:10pm

Gio Reyna to Rangers whispers addressed as Borussia Dortmund loan deal speculation emerges

Rangers will not be signing Giovanni Reyna on loan from Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to Forbes’ Bundesliga journalist Manuel Veth.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on Thursday (7 July), Veth reported that he’s been told by a source that it’s “extremely unlikely” that USA international Reyna, 19, will be loaned to the Light Blues as he aims to get back on track following an injury-plagued 2021/22 campaign.

It’s unclear where those “whispers” emerged from but still, it rules out the Gers signing the son of former Ibrox star Caldio Reyna, who named Gio after his old teammate Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Not happening

Did anyone really believe a deal like this could be on the cards?

While Reyna missed a lot of last season due to numerous injury and illness issues, he’s very much a first-team player for Borussia Dortmund and can expect to be used often by them next season.

He ended last season with just 12 appearances in all competitions with the attacking midfielder playing the first leg of Dortmund’s Europa League defeat to Rangers back in February.

Reyna is a versatile attacker who can play in the middle or on the wing.

He can play mainly as a left-winger, which would be very handy for Rangers regardless of whether or not Ryan Kent leaves Ibrox this summer as he’s in the last year of his contract.

Van Bronckhorst has known Reyna his whole life and ex-Dortmund Marco Rose revealed earlier this year [talkSPORT, 16 February] that the USA international and Gers boss “meet privately every now and then”.

It remains to be seen though if the Gers will sanction any more loan deals this summer.

Aaron Ramsey and Amad Diallo failed to impress at Ibrox last term while before them, there’s been a recent history of failed loan signings in Sheyi Ojo, Andy King, Florian Kamberi, Ovie Ejaria, Umar Sadiq, Lassana Coulibaly and Joe Worrall.

Let’s leave the loans this summer and invest permanently in quality players who can raise the quality of the starting line-up.

In other Rangers news, the Gers are lining up a move to sign a midfield sensation who’s also been watched by Bayern Munich.