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Eredivisie star Joey Veerman has admitted that he ‘felt pretty bad’ after being denied the chance to leave Heerenveen for a club like Scottish Premiership champions Rangers this summer, in quotes reported by Voetbal International.

Some 12 months ago, one of the most talented box-to-box midfielders in Dutch football was counting the cost of an aborted move to Southampton. 

But he must have felt, despite that failed South Coast switch, that it was only a matter of time before another opportunity presented itself for a man who appears to have outgrown a mid-table Eredivisie outfit.

Sure enough, Veerman had suitors by the bucket-load this summer. 

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He was linked with Feyenoord, Atalanta and even Rangers, De Telegraaf claiming that Steven Gerrard was a big fan of a man who’s ability to create and take chances from central midfield remisiscent of the Ibrox boss in his playmaking pomp. 

Rangers launched a £4 million bid in July. 

But with Heerenveen refusing to budge on a prohibative £9 million asking price, Veerman, for the second year in a row, has been left wondering what he has to do to get a move.  

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“I felt pretty bad on August 30 and 31 and September 1 and 2, yes,” said Veerman, insisting that, while the pain still stings, he is now fully focused on dragging Heerenveen up the table.  

“The last few days (of the window) were ‘damn it’. 

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‘Am I still upset about it? Yes. I don’t know if I can say that, you will be called a crybaby again,” he added, in conversation with NOS. 

“I can’t change it. We’ll look further in four months.” 

Clearly, when the transfer window swings open once again in January, Veerman will once again be sitting by the phone, twiddling his fingers and refreshing the rumour mill.

But with Rangers landing Juninho Bacuna as well as John Lundstram, has an Ibrox opportunity passed him by? 

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