Rangers have been handed a major work permit boost after a deal was agreed to help clubs in Scotland sign overseas players – and it could have a big Dutch knock-on effect.

An agreement has been struck to prevent the introduction of regulations that would’ve restricted the ability of Scottish clubs to sign players from outside the UK post-Brexit.


Dutch Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been boosted by the work permit news. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP).

EU arrivals had previously moved to Scottish clubs without complicated red tape whilst those from outside the EU were granted Governing Body Endorsements.

An Exceptions Panel ruled on cases where overseas players didn’t meet strict requirements – usually defined by international appearances or if they will add anything to the Scottish game – but there were fears this would be scrapped ahead of the January window.


However, after lobbying by the SPFL and the Scottish FA, in a rare achievement for the powers that be in Scotland the Exceptions Panel scheme will remain permanently.

This means that the Panel will be able to decide on a case-by-case basis what players can enter the country if they don’t meet the points requirements of the Home Office. It’s a big boost.

Rangers can look to Europe as work permit victory supports Dutch dream

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster claims a failure to retain the Panel “would have dramatically compromised the competitiveness of Scottish clubs” and described the decision as a “significant achievement for Scottish football” [STV].

For Rangers fans, after the appointment of Giovanni van Bronckhorst the decision comes as a major boost for those eyeing Dutch talents.

Whether it be the likes of Danilho Doekhi, Joey Veerman or even the dubiously linked Wesley Hoedt, there’s plenty of Dutch players being signposted for a move to Rangers.

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Rangers have been linked to the likes of Dutch defender Danilho Doekhi. (Photo by Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images)

This ruling allows the Gers to consider more readily talent from Europe and by proxy the Netherlands, something which means a Dutch revolution MKII may not be too far away.

van Bronckhorst was part of the first Oranje invansion of Ibrox, moving to Rangers under manager Dick Advocaat, who also brought the likes of Arthur Numan, Ronald de Boer and Michael Mols to the club.

Whilst exotic links to the Netherlands are all well and good, could one of Gio’s first signings come from closer to home?

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