Rangers and Celtic are set to miss out on Matthew Sorinola with MK Dons confirming on their official website that the left-back is heading to Belgium rather than Scotland.
But with the much-coveted Sorinola rejecting the chance to sign a new contract at the League One outfit, the Dons have little choice but to accept defeat at last.
The attack-minded full-back will be plying his trade in Belgium’s Jupiler League next season, having agreed a move to the newly-promoted Royale Union Saint-Gilloise.
Sorinola is due to become a free agent in July but, as MK Dons themselves point out, Saint-Gilloise will need to pay an as-yet undetermined compensation fee for a player who moved to Milton Keynes from Fulham all the way back in 2017.
TEAMtalk reported as recently as Thursday that Old Firm rivals Rangers and Celtic were competing to sign one of the most exciting young talents in the Football League.
Sorinola, who produced a hat-trick of assists in March’s 3-2 victory over Accrington Stanley, also allegedly had admirers at Leeds United, Norwich City and Bournemouth.
The report did add that Sorinola would rather play regular first-team football abroad than risk being stuck in the world of U23 football at a Leeds or a Norwich.
His impending move to Belgium bares that out.
“I love Matty, I feel such a strong connection with him. He’s a brilliant person, and is a brilliant player. It has been a pleasure watching him play and develop. I hope he can continue to be a part of it here next season,” Dons boss Martin had said on Thursday, via the MK Citizen.
“Selfishly, he’s an excellent player and I think he’d be great here with another year of development and playing more games.”