Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has provided an intriguing transfer update as the January window looms [RangersTV].
The window is set to open in just over a fortnight and after a relatively quiet summer, it’ll be interesting to see how the Gers play it.
At this stage, there’s been more speculation about players potentially leaving the club than new players coming in, with the likes of Joe Aribo reportedly attracting plenty of attention [Daily Mail].
However, it’s also likely that GvB will want to put his own stamp on the squad he inherited from Steven Gerrard as quickly as possible.
Gio drops Rangers transfer update as January window looms
“We have quite a lot of meetings with Ross Wilson so we know what we want to do and in which areas we have to be prepared if something happens – so, in that way, we’re already preparing for the transfer window,” replied GvB after being asked about his plans for January [RangersTV].
“It’s always good to have the squad you want at the end of the window. It’s never good when you are entering the window and then at the end of it you are a lesser squad than the one you came in with.
“So, the objective for us is when the transfer window ends, we should have a quality squad.”
What business will Rangers do?
It’s hard to see Rangers spending big next month unless a key asset or two goes out, but barring a festive injury crisis, there’s no pressing need to splash the cash.
Based on this update, a plan is already in place with potential new signings already identified.
However, it does sound like those players are mainly being lined up as replacements in the event of a big player sale rather than simply as additions to the current group.
One league plenty of fans are keen to see Rangers shop in is the Dutch Eredivisie, where GvB has plenty of contacts from his time as a player and a manager, and it’ll be interesting to see if that’s where he and Wilson turn to first.
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