Niklas Dorsch has suggested that he chose a move to Gent over Rangers because of the chance of play Champions League football at the Jupiler League runners-up, while speaking to the club’s Twitter account.
The Glasgow giants have often saved their best performances for continental competition under Steven Gerrard, beating Porto, Feyenoord and Braga en route to the Europa League round of 16 this season. But a place at the top table remains elusive.
Lee McCulloch, David Weir and Madjid Bougherra were all part of the starting XI the last time Rangers played a Champions League game – a 1-1 draw away to Bursaspor in December 2010.
And it seems that the chance to prove himself on the biggest stage of all is the main reason why Dorsch will be plying his trade in Belgium rather than Scotland in 2020/21.
“I chose Gent because I can play internationally (in the Champions League),” he says. “I can also win the (Belgian) title here.
“My strengths on the field are my passing, shielding the ball and also shooting. I have a good mix of defensive and offensive qualities.
“Of course I hope to win the title and, why not, to qualify for the Champions League (group stages).”
Rangers finished second behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership, meaning they will once again have to embark on an arduous qualification phase as they look to reach the Europa League proper.
But the runners-up spot in Belgium, which was claimed by Gent, gives you access to the Champions League instead.