Giovanni van Bronckhorst has dropped a massive hint that Rangers do not have much in the bank at all for players, despite a £40M windfall via the Champions League.
Speaking on the eve of the side’s first foray into the UCL proper after 12 years, GVB stated quite clearly that he was happy with the squad but that making late bids for players wasn’t going to happen because there weren’t the funds to aid it.
This is a very telling comment – is our manager saying the £30M up front for qualifying for the UCL (prize, TV and coefficient payment) is to be used for what we mentioned before – Edmiston House, Sands and Tillman, and the SD payoff?
And that in fact Gio had a maximum of £15M to spend and that was it, regardless of UCL?
Because the complete lack of investment after qualifying suggests there was no cash to invest with, and GVB appears to be rather confirming that in part.
The Dutchman’s repeated insistence that he’s happy with the squad does sound like protesting a little too much, and surely he wanted to bring more in.
Given he only has two senior CBs available and issues in central midfielder as well as striker, he already knows this.
We’ll just have to hope what we have is enough.