Rangers have been linked with a move for Anderlecht Dutch international defender Wesley Hoedt as the Gers are tipped to take advantage of a Ross Wilson Southampton connection.

The centre-back has been attached to Rangers by the Daily Record, who claim that Hoedt may well have been the target of a recent scouring visit to Belgium.

Wesley Hoedt has six caps for the Netherlands but hasn’t played since 2017. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Rangers were named as one of a number of top European clubs who reportedly had scouts in the crowd at a recent Anderlecht clash with Charleroi.

Wesley Hoedt, now 27, was signed from Lazio by the Premier League outfit to the tune £15m in 2017, at the same time Rangers sporting director Wilson was at St. Mary’s.

A former Southampton director of football, Ross Wilson spent over four years with the Saints before heading north to Glasgow at the tail end of 2019.

Despite making 45 appearances over two seasons at Southampton, Wesley Hoedt has spent the last few seasons out on loan at clubs in Spain, Belgium and Italy.

The defender first had a stint at Celta Vigo in La Liga, before turning out for Royal Antwerp and then spending the last campaign on loan at Lazio.

Ex-Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt links appear unrealistic for Rangers

Wesley Hoedt has decent pedigree – not to mention six caps for the Netherlands national team – with Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s role as Rangers manager also something taken into consideration.

But where these links appear dubious is in the fact Wesley Hoedt only moved to Anderlecht in the summer, signing a four-year deal in Belgium[Tutto Mercato].

The notion Rangers would splash out on a player who has historically commanded substantial transfer fees when there are most cost effective options appears fanciful.

We’re sceptical that Rangers would invest heavily in Wesley Hoedt when the club could – for example – sign Eredivisie youngster Danilho Doekhi on a pre-contract.

That said, Rangers have had issues at centre-back recently, and perhaps the solution lies closer to home.

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