Adam Devine has become the first Rangers player to admit the team has taken a lift from the exit of former manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst with a much better training and morale and tempo since the Dutchman exited.
Speaking this week as new manager Michael Beale’s regime well and truly got underway in earnest amid stronger sessions at Auchenhowie and a clear uplift in mood among the group, Devine’s admission is the first real public comment by any Rangers player to any context about the change in tempo for the lads in training, with further observations about Beale’s change in style.
There is no doubt Giovanni van Bronckhorst began suffocating the players towards the end of his time at Ibrox, and while some fans remain outraged over the players’ loss of desire under him, it’s fairly understandable.
Right or wrong, Gio’s system was cramping the club, and wasn’t working after Sevilla – that sliding door may have made all the difference, but we’ll never know. The fact is now, by Devine’s admission, things are a tonne better under Beale whose training sessions are pretty famous for their quality, something Gio’s weren’t.
We don’t really like attacking ex-Rangers managers, including Gio or Gerrard, but the reality is how their regimes died horribly at the end, for whatever reason – now Rangers have a fresh start under Beale and players like Devine are thriving on it.
Is he a real answer for the club? He will play v Hibs, and in truth, with Borna’s current form and Ridvan’s lowly position as well as injury, there’s an opening for Devine at LB for sure.
We’ll see in due course if Rangers have something new from Auchenhowie to be proud of, but for now, he’s the first one to admit the club has lifted from Gio’s exit.