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Rangers-linked midfielder is in ‘total control’ of games and has ‘no fear’, tailor-made for Ibrox – TBR View

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Rangers-linked midfielder is in ‘total control’ of games and has ‘no fear’, tailor-made for Ibrox – TBR View

Glasgow Rangers have enjoyed a great season in which they’ve won their 55th title and routinely got the better of their rivals, but Steven Gerrard must not rest on his laurels.

Next season, the Gers must strengthen with a view to winning the Scottish cups, mounting another European run, and obviously ensure they’re always a step ahead of their neighbours.

One top player who has been linked with Rangers in recent days is Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman.

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Dutch outlet Voetbal International claims that the 22-year-old is ready to make the step up and that the Light Blues are following him closely.

Rangers aren’t the only club linked with Veerman though – Italy’s Atalanta and France’s Reims are also said to be interested, along with Dutch giants Feyenoord.

According to the Glasgow Times, PSV boss Roger Schmidt ruled his club out of the chase last week after Heerenveen slapped an £8.5million price tag on Veerman.

The same outlet has also published a PA interview with Robert Molenaar, who handed Veerman his professional debut in 2016 while in charge of Volendam in Holland’s second tier.

He quickly established himself as one of Dutch football’s brightest stars, winning a move to Heerenveen three years later.


While Molenaar believes Veerman would be better off joining one of the Eredivisie’s top teams first, he also feels the player would certainly cope well at Ibrox.

“I got Joey when he made the step from the junior team to the seniors,” he said.

“What was very remarkable was how quickly he adapted. His ability on the ball also stood out – especially his passing.

“He did have a bit of a label on him that he did everything too much at one pace – but once he got into the first team we soon realised nobody could get near him, even to kick him!

“This was in the Dutch second league and there were a few doubts when he made the step to the Eredivisie.

“But when he went to Heerenveen it was the same, he was still the best player on the pitch and in total control of the game.

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“The defensive side of the game is his Achilles heel. He won’t take the ball off the opponent too much because he’s more of a number 10. If a move to Scotland did not work, that would be why.

“But attacking-wise, he would be more than capable of coping with the faster pace in Scotland.

“His stress management is remarkable. I used to say he would do the same playing on the village square in Volendam as he would in De Kuip in Rotterdam against Feyenoord.

“Stress doesn’t seem to affect him. He has no fear to hold him down.”

Playing for Rangers definitely requires a certain personality, given the sheer importance of every game in the league, with any slip-up ready to be pounced upon, as well as coping with the sheer number of games each season.

And a player who can manage stress remarkably and has no fear, not to mention his quality and potential to become even better and iron out any flaws he may have in his game, sounds tailor-made for Ibrox.

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