Rangers had a tough November, with former manager Steven Gerrard leaving them in limbo as he jumped ship to join the ranks at Aston Villa. With the SG times in the past, the club looks forward to a positive 2021/22 season, as Giovanni van Bronckhorst takes the reins. Already, Giovanni’s presence has been felt, with the formation changing up and the man continuing with the Rangers’ lead at the top of the Scottish League. Rangers have won the title League 55 times, and if Giovanni can take them on to 56 times, they will have secured a guaranteed position in the 2022/2023 Champions League. If successful, the Rangers can boast Premier League and Europa League level experience when signing new talent. With this in mind, let’s look at potential future upgrades within the Rangers’ line-up.
As mentioned previously, after an impressive 3.5 years at the helm, SG left the club to lead Villa. The reasons for his leaving the club are a combination of returning to Premier League football and being closer to his family. No matter what the reason, he’s made way for GVB to take charge. Already, he’s proved himself to be a winner and will take Rangers to great heights. However, with new management comes new formations and the need for player upgrades.
The transfer window opens in January, and Giovanni is already looking to upgrade the likes of Jack Simpson and Brandon Barker, who are nowhere near making the starting team. At the moment, reports suggest that is locked within the Rangers’ sights. Currently, Amuzu plays for Anderlecht and has a release clause of around £3.5 million – a figure that Gers are willing to pay out.
Over 21 appearances, Amuzi has managed to score 3 goals and assist in 4. Although this is no jaw-dropping statistic, it’s pretty admirable considering he’s only been in the starting team for 6 of those appearances. The 22-year-old shows promise and will be well-matched at Rangers alongside Scott Wright and Ryan Kent.
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Back in the 2021 summer transfer window, Rangers put in a late £3 million offer for Mirko Ivanic. Unfortunately, the Gers were unable to secure the player as he stayed put at Red Star Belgrade. Although this was quite a blow for the transfer window, it means that Giovanni has the chance to secure him for free come January if he wants to. The player has some impressive stats and would definitely upgrade to the current line-up.
Scott Arfield’s contract is coming to an end soon, and there have been no renewal talks at the moment. However, since Giovanni took over, the midfielder has been placed in the starting team and most matches. This is significant, considering he only made it into the starting team for 5 games of SG prior. Despite his contract coming to an end shortly, it’s predicted that he will re-sign and have a fruitful career at Ibrox under the new management. Ross Wilson has already confirmed that the Rangers will be reviewing expiring contracts towards the end of the season.
Under Gerrard, Calvin Bassey was stuck playing left-back. However, in the absence of Filip Helander and Leon Balogun, Bassey has been moved into central midfield. Throughout Giovanni’s short time at Ibrox, Bassey has played all matches and has made an incredible impression on the new manager. If the are anything to go by, Gers will see a lot more of Bassey because he wants to develop him within the defensive structure.
The Rangers were left in the lurch when the former boss accepted a job with Aston Villa. However, they’ve accepted Giovanni van Bronkhorst as their new leader, and he is already making positive updates to the players. He’s looking for players he can bring in to strengthen alongside existing players to drive forward. The transfer window opens in less than a month, and it will be an exciting time at Ibrox.