Giovanni van Bronckhorst has heralded Rangers’ £16m transfer business surrounding Nathan Patterson – and sent a defiant message amid Celtic’s January dealings.
The Gers have raked in a club record deal with 20-year-old Scotland international Patterson with the fee widely reported to be £12m rising to £16m.
That money is a welcome cash boost for the Ibrox side and van Bronckhorst batted back questions regarding the “back-up” full-back in an interview in his homeland.
Speaking in the standard direct, Dutch style, the ex-Ibrox star also cut through the nonsense and claims he does not care what happens outside of Rangers as Celtic make moves in the window.
“I don’t care what other clubs do. Nathan Patterson was a ‘backup player.’ This was a win-win situation and basically, we don’t get any weaker,” said van Bronckhorst [de Telegraaf].
“He was sold for a record amount and that fits the long-term vision of the club. The club now gets a financial injection and the player goes to the Premier League.”
Rangers boss van Bronckhorst sends defiant Ibrox message
Speaking about his wonderful start at Ibrox, the Gers gaffer also made clear that upon arrival at Rangers he had to make clear who was the boss.
Gio has started his Ibrox management career brightly, winning eight games out of nine and drawing the other away to Lyon in France.
It has Rangers fans buzzing ahead of the rest of the campaign and van Bronckhorst very much sounds like a man settled and focused on the task at hand as he sent a defiant message to our rivals.
“We are the champions of Scotland. This is Rangers, only first place counts for this club,” said van Bronckhorst.
“We have to have that appearance of flair and spirit in every game and I expect that. No, I demand that from my players.
“I’m the manager, I had to show what I want from day one. I have to show the players that, that’s very important. For me, it was nice to see that they have opened up to something new.
“Of course, it helps that you win matches with the way I play. When that is successful, then confidence in the team grows.
“I have opted for a slightly different formation in possession of the ball and when we defend we are also slightly different.
“Steven Gerrard also played 4-3-3, but if you see our matches, it is clear that we operate significantly differently in a number of positions.
“I have access to classic wingers at Rangers. So I want to use that. I also have a real number 10, so we can vary it a lot. The boys have handled it really well and everything has come off.
“It would have been nice if we could have trained the whole squad under the sun for a while in the winter, but Rangers has a fantastic training complex and we can train well here just fine.
“I knew what it was like from my time as a player, but now it feels very good again. I think it’s great that they immediately welcomed me back into the Rangers family.
“And so are the others on my staff. It is and remains such a huge club to work for. It’s really ideal.”
Meanwhile, one frozen-out Rangers star could be on the move this month as an ex-Premier League “admirer” reportedly prepares an approach.