Giovanni van Bronckhorst has finally addressed the question of who makes the final call on signings by admitting he’s not the one who has executive decision.
Speaking before Rangers face St Johnstone this weekend, the manager found himself directly being asked if he had control over signings and unlike 3+ months ago when he would have been extremely cryptic and avoided the question completely, Gio was a lot more forthcoming this time when he laid it out in black and white:
Gio has some players he watches, the scouting system and Ross Wilson has theirs, and at the end of the day everyone gets together and agrees on who should come in or not.
Giovanni himself does not make the signings, but he has recommendations he gives to the scouting system and collectively it’s decided who they will sign.
And at the end of the day, this is how a coach works, but not a manager – if the others don’t like who Gio wants, that player doesn’t come in, if he doesn’t like who the others have recommended, that player probably doesn’t come in either.
Unfortunately you end up, with this system, with compromise – players with the least amount of disagreement the management decide to go for unless by a miracle someone recommends someone and everyone likes him.
So, the true answer – no, Gio doesn’t make the final call on signings, he is just a part of the system to bring in the players.