February 29, 2024

Kevin van Veen is now training with Groningen’s reserves after the former Motherwell talisman admitted that there is interest in him from Scottish Premiership giants Rangers. 

With Rangers’ pursuit of another centre-forward ongoing, one suspects that the uncertainty surrounding Kevin van Veen’s future at Groningen will not be going unnoticed at Ibrox.

Scorer of 29 goals during a prolific spell at Motherwell last season, the well-travelled striker confirmed to The Herald earlier this month that there is still ‘interest’ from a Rangers side who showed a desire to take him to Ibrox a few months earlier too.

Van Veen had already fallen out of favour at Groningen and now, after travelling to Scotland for the birth of his child, the 32-year-old is training away from the rest of the senior squad with a January departure very much on the cards.

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“Not so good,” Dirk Lukkien, the Groningen head coach, tells Voetbal Primeur when asked about Van Veen’s fitness.

“We tested him upon his return (from Scotland) two weeks ago, and it appears that he has fallen considerably behind. This means that he needs to be trained.

“We gave him the choice to get things back into the rhythm again. Either by training individually, or by also working in group training with the Under21s. He chose the latter.

“(Van Veen) went to Scotland again this weekend, of course with permission, and we understand that. He came back (on Monday) and it turns out that he cannot participate in the group training.

“We are going to do everything we can to ensure that this goes well. The tests must be better. We have made clear agreements about this, and he fully supports that.”

29 goals last season

Van Veen, who was nominated for the Scottish Premiership Player of the Year award last season, joined Groningen for around £500,000 over the summer, and should prove to be a lot more affordable than some of Rangers’ other striker targets. Bojan Miovski, for instance, is valued in excess of £5 million by Aberdeen.

The Gers are also hoping to bring in a left-back this month.

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