Giovanni van Bronckhorst has spoken out about Rangers’ title hopes in 2019/20, as quoted by the Daily Record.
The 44-year-old enjoyed a glittering career as a player. He got his hands on plenty of silverware through the 90s and early 2000s, with Arsenal and Barcelona, but firstly, with the Gers.
He was then sold onto the Gunners for a whopping £8.5m in 2001 [
Therefore, he’s well placed to advise on what Rangers need to do to get back to the top and who are the key men if they hope to usurp Celtic.
“Every side needs a blend and Rangers will have plenty of experience in Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis,” said van Bronckhorst, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“The pair of them have had excellent careers and they are excellent professionals. They will want to show they have plenty more left to offer and that’s why they will be crucial to any success Rangers are to have in the new season.
“Jermain still has the ability to score many goals and link play in the final third. Steven is very calm and stamps his authority in the middle of the park. Steven Gerrard will be counting on them to push all the way for the title. For a couple of years they were struggling to get close to Celtic’s level but that’s not the case now.
“Celtic will not get it easy next season, we all know that already.”
Based on Rangers’ impressive displays towards the back end of the 2018/19 campaign, it’s hard to disagree with GVB here.
Davis and Defoe were central to all that was good about Gerrard’s improved outfit.
The Northern Ireland international ran the show in midfield, while Defoe led the line extremely well and chipped in with plenty of goals.
Stevie G will be hoping he can count on both stars to stay fit next season, as they will be pivotal to his plans week in, week out.