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“The best player on the pitch”

Rangers may have failed in their hopes of winning the Europa League, but their task could have been made easier had an Eintracht Frankfurt star been signed in January.

The German side won the showpiece even in Sevilla on penalties and caused more than their fair share of problems during the match thanks to Filip Kostic.


Kostic scored a brilliant penalty in the shootout

“The best player on the pitch”

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He could have been a Premier League player now

Described by talkSPORT co-commentator Charlie Adam as ‘the best player on the pitch’, the left-back was a constant thorn in the side if Giovanni van Bronckhort’s side on the night, with Gers captain James Tavernier enterprising a real battle to try to silence him.

Kostic was one of the standout players in the Europa League final, but if two Premier League sides had made it, he might not even have played in a Frankfurt shirt.

Reports from Calciomercato in January suggested Arsenal and West Ham are keen on a move for the Serbia international as they seek to add valuable experience to their squad.

The 29-year-old has enjoyed quite a long season, scoring seven goals and picking up 14 assists along the way for his side.

He also scored a crucial spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out against Rangers to help his side to Europa League glory.

Although he played a key role in Frankfurt’s win over Rangers, there’s still a chance he could move on this summer.

Kostic has just 12 months left on his contract in Germany, and with Inter Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid also interested, it could be difficult for Frankfurt to keep him.

“The best player on the pitch”

Kostic gave Tavernier a tough night in the Europa League final

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