Ross Wilson has failed with a second bid to take Nicolas Raskin to Ibrox.
With Micky Beale leading the way a very public campaign has been underway to get the midfielder out of Standard Liege on the cheap.
Raskin started all 17 Belgian League matches before the World Cup break but has been banished to the reserves as the transfer panto is played out.
An offer of £1m would probably have brought the midfielder to Ibrox on January 1 but with no real funds and long term instalment plans Wilson has a thankless task trying to bolster Beale’s squad and meet the expectations of loyal bears.
Keeping the fans informed of near misses is an essential part of the process, last night Glasgow Times reported:
STANDARD LIEGE have rejected a second bid from Rangers for midfielder Nicolas Raskin.
Boss Michael Beale has identified Raskin as one of his key targets for the final days of the January transfer window following the capture of Todd Cantwell on a long-term deal earlier this week.
Rangers have been admirers of Raskin for some time and made their move in recent days after tabling an offer to the Liege hierarchy.
Sources in Belgium valued that bid at around €500,000 as Rangers were told they would need to significantly raise their offer if a deal was to be done this month.
And the Ibrox board will now need to come back to the table for a third time if they are to land their man in the coming days after their follow up approach was also booted out.
A similar scenario of unsettling a player and submitting low-ball offers is being played out with Morgan Whittaker of Swansea. More near misses and hard luck stories are expected to surface on Tuesday.