We may have slaughtered Kris Boyd for calling Ally McCoist an idiot, but we have agreed with the man before and we find ourselves doing so again, where he questions Gio’s role and suggests he’s manager in name only, and that he really is just head coach.
The biggest clue is the signings.
Not a single addition made to Rangers in the form of any Dutch players, or from the Dutch market.
It was 100% assumed Gio would dip into his familiar home market to find talent – the Eredivisie is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of talent, much of which doesn’t cost the earth, and yet Gio didn’t bother with it?
Our manager would 100% target Feyenoord players for a start, a team he coached, and he’d also target their former players, players he also coached having moved on since then.
That not a single Dutch player arrived in Govan speaks volumes.
We got linked to Joey Veerman, Danilho Doekhi and Riechedly Bazoer but none of them happened or even seemed overly close.
And that is surprising for a well-respected manager who has a huge reputation in Europe and his homeland.
Is Boyd right?
Well, he’s guessing, and making a story. But there are clues for sure that Gio has less control than Steven Gerrard did, and the complete lack of Dutch players at Ibrox under him is a big one.