‘The best player on the pitch’

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Rangers may have fallen short in their hopes of winning the Europa League, but their task could have been made easier had one Eintracht Frankfurt star been snapped up in January.

The German side won the showpiece even in Seville on penalties and caused more than their fair share of problems during the contest through Filip Kostic.

Kostic netted a brilliant penalty in the shootout

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Kostic netted a brilliant penalty in the shootout

He could have been a Premier League player by now

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He could have been a Premier League player by now

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

Kostic was one of the standout players in the Europa League final, but had two Premier League sides got their way, he might not even have been playing in a Frankfurt shirt.

Reports from Calciomercato in January suggested that both Arsenal and West Ham were keen on a move for the Serbian international as they looked to add valuable experience to their team.

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

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

Despite playing a key role in helping Frankfurt to victory over Rangers, there’s still a chance that he could move on this summer.

Kostic has just 12 months remaining on his contract in Germany, and with the likes of Inter Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid also said to be interested, it could be a tricky task for Frankfurt to keep hold of him.


Kostic gave Tavernier a tough night in the Europa League final

Kostic gave Tavernier a tough night in the Europa League final

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