Ross Wilson has today solved a big mystery that has been plaguing Rangers fans since Giovanni van Bronckhorst became Rangers manager:
Why no Dutch players?
A long-standing dilemma for supporters is why Gio never made moves to bring Dutch players to Ibrox, given that’s the market he’d know best, and Wilson sought to reveal the truth today at Rangers’ AGM:
He didn’t want any. Gio, that is.
Speaking on the topic for the first time, the Director of Football explained at the AGM:
In other words, Gio wasn’t interested in any players from Holland, and the only three major deals we heard of were Joey Veerman, Richely Bazoer and Danilho Doehki so take your pick of which of the three actually wanted to come.
But otherwise? It appears, by Wilson’s account, that Giovanni just wasn’t interested in any Dutch players coming to Rangers, which begs the question; why did Gio want the random chaps in the likes of Matondo, Tillman and Ridvan?
Wilson’s claim is Gio had final executive decision on all signings, and he gave the go-ahead to all those who arrived under him, and he wasn’t interested in any Holland-based ones at all. We find this claim surprising, but the only one who can dispute it is Gio, and we highly doubt we’ll hear much from the former manager again any time soon.
The question is do we trust Ross Wilson or do we think this was a bit of a fib? And if true, why did Gio not have any interest in the Dutch market?
It was assumed he must, and especially those who played for Feyenoord, his old stomping ground, but the DoF claims that just isn’t true.
He said she said on that one.