Dutch defender advises Rangers target Joey Veerman to stay in the Netherlands
Dutch defender Erik Schouten believes Rangers target Joey Veerman should consider joining one of the Netherlands’ big wigs before leaving the country.
The 22-year-old all-round midfielder is almost certain to leave Heerenveen after a solid season where he has scored seven times and recorded ten assists in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Rangers are interested in taking him to Glasgow to add him to the squad that won the title from Steven Gerrard this summer, but there is also a lot of interest in the Netherlands.
All the big clubs in the country, including Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, are considering signing the Dutch midfielder in the next transfer window.
Schouten insisted Veerman should be careful about taking the next step and believes moving to one of the best clubs in the Netherlands should be the right decision for his career.
He believes the midfielder needs to prove himself at a big Dutch club first before trying to join a team outside the Netherlands.
Schouten told the Dutch regional broadcaster Omrop Fryslan: “If you are planning your career, it would be wise for him to move into one of the top four now.
“So Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord or AZ.
“And then move abroad.”
The Rangers have yet to make a decision on Veerman despite talks about a serious interest in him this summer and it remains to be seen if they will.