New FC Koln signing Dejan Ljubicic has revealed that he turned down a move to Glasgow Rangers before switching to the Bundesliga this summer.
The Lowdown: Ljubicic joins Koln
The Gers were linked with a move for the 23-year-old last summer when he was still playing for Rapid Vienna in Austria (The Daily Mail).
However, he has ended up making the switch to Koln in Germany on a free transfer instead (fc.de).
The Latest: Ljubicic admits Gers snub
Speaking after his transfer in April, Ljubicic has admitted that he snubbed a move to Ibrox, revealing (via The Daily Record):
“I had offers from several clubs in Germany and I was also in Italy for negotiations and Glasgow Rangers wanted me too.
“I decided on Cologne early on, but I admit I was worried when they had to win their relegation play-offs.
“My family and I decided immediately Cologne was the place for me because I will definitely get a start there too.”
The Verdict: Disappointment
Steven Gerrard and Ross Wilson will no doubt be disappointed not to have signed the £2.7m-valued Austria under-21 international (Transfermarkt) – after all, it is never a good feeling when a player turns you down to move elsewhere. Rangers will be aware firsthand of the ability of Ljubicic – he has scored against them in the Europa League in the past few years. His style of play has even been compared to Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong (totalfootballanalysis.com).
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Still, the Gers have clearly moved on from that disappointment and looked at other targets, and they have recently announced the signing of John Lundstram (rangers.co.uk). The 27-year-old has Premier League experience as well as plenty of football left ahead of him, and Rangers have recovered rather well from the setback involving Ljubicic.
In other news, Rangers have a funding gap to fill.
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