We must admit while we’re no big fans of the paper he writes for, the legend that is Brian Laudrup is sadly correct this morning in suggesting there’s real uncertainty over the transfer window for Giovanni van Bronckhorst, for while he may have a few quid to play with as a result of the UEL run, it’s not until deep into August that the manager will actually know if he has Champions League money to spend.
And by then, the window will be nearly shut.
Laudrup has expressed his concerns this morning that there’s a real lack of sureness around Rangers’ business in the transfer window, suggesting that on top of not knowing properly how much money we can potentially play with, we have contracts winding down on Kent, Morelos and Aribo to name three, and we don’t quite know where any of the trio of them sit either.
It adds up to a test for Gio – he’s been remarkable so far, achieving unheard of heights last season with that astonishing trip to Sevilla, but in order to launch a good assault on the Champions League qualifiers, and indeed the league, he needs a bit of a refresh and a few quid to invest.
Now we have suggested he does have money, and he does, but we don’t properly know much, and that windfall of the UCL would have been so, so handy. It may still be there, but now we won’t know until drastically close to the deadline.
So Laudrup calls the situation ‘chaos’ and compares it to the mess seen on the other side of Glasgow last summer, and while that might be a bit strong, given we do have a base core squad which is proven winners, we’re just going into a period now of uncertainty.
We lack clarity on the budget, and on the futures of some of the players.
But if Gio is one thing, and in fairness, he’s many, it’s fiercely smart and he is more than capable of handling this.
It’s what he’s paid for.