New Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been officially unveiled to the media as the new Ibrox gaffer faced the cameras in a press conference for the first time.

Thousands of Rangers fans tuned into an official club broadcast of the press conference as the Dutchman was pressed on everything from club recruitment to his playing style and the mentality of the current squad.

Cutting a composed and controlled figure throughout, here are three major takeaways from the press conference which we picked up on first viewing.

Giovanni expects commitment to the cause

“I like players to work hard and to show me and to show the club that they want to play, that they want to do everything possible to be very good in games and training. I am a coach who will give confidence to everyone who is working. If you’re good enough for me then you can play.”

It was clear throughout the press conference that Giovanni will be expecting commitment to the cause for players to play in his team.


Once again reiterating his commitment to the Dutch style of play and the 4-3-3, GvB wants his side to play dynamic and versatile football but underpinning the entire thing he wants hard work.

Everyone at Ibrox will be given the chance to prove themselves to the manager – who wouldn’t go into any greater detail surrounding the fall-out of Sunday’s match – with Gio eager to look players in the eye and lay down the law at a team meeting on Tuesday.

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Anything less than full commitment won’t be tolerated by GVB. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In what was his first introduction as boss, it’s clear that whilst van Bronckhorst exudes a calm exterior there’s an expectation he puts on his players, and he is clearly not a man to be messed with.

For a Rangers team in disarray and lacking leadership, Gio is about to enter the dressing room and demand a level of commitment we clearly didn’t have with the previous regime.

If players don’t reach those standards, Gio claim they’ll meet a very “tough” manager.

New manager will be given chance to analyse squad

“We had good conversation, we had two good meetings, in that way I know the people working with the club and where they want to be in the next few years. Their philosophy and vision is very good and we’ll always be discussing possible players coming in or players coming out but the most important thing is that we’re on the same level.”

Both manager GVB and sporting director Ross Wilson were asked about the club’s current financial situation and what this will mean for the club’s recruitment.

It’s clear that Rangers will take everything on a case-by-case basis and that the investors in the background will be consulted where van Bronckhorst wants to improve his first-team.

Similarly, there is no necessity to sell and any outgoings will be treated the same way, with the club refusing to undersell their squad to make up any shortfall following a £23.5m loss.

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be given the chance to analyse the squad, both he and Ross Wilson told a press conference. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

What’s important here is that Giovanni will be given time to analyse what he has at his disposal at Ibrox and make a controlled decision over what he needs.

There’s certainly no blank cheque but Rangers will make the decisions that are right for the club and Giovanni will have support to do so.

Van Bronckhorst tells press conference he wants Rangers to compete on all fronts

“I’ve been brought up as a player to go maximum in every competition you are in. Champions League, Europa League, domestically, cup games; it’s that desire and that hunger you have to be involved and try to win it. That’s part of the game, to be 100% focused in every competition you play.”

After Rangers crashed out of the Premier Sports Cup, it’s got fans licking their wounds and cursing the squad who have now won only one trophy in 10 attempts.

Giovanni is clear that Rangers and their players must compete across multiple fronts and without that level of commitment players won’t play in his team.

This appears one of the key messages from the manager’s press conference; the players must prove to him that they deserve a place in his team and he will not accept any less.

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Rangers must compete on multiple fronts. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Chomping at the bit in the stands against Hibs, Giovanni was prevented from intervening due to work permit issues being unresolved but it’s clear had he been given a chance, he’d have done something to retain the club’s cup status.

It was a solid first press conference as Rangers boss and will pacify some supporters, many of whom are still fuming at comments which suggest plenty of the dressing room have chucked it.

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