Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been opening up on the potential of the Gers dipping into the transfer market with Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff mentioned alongside the Gers.
There has been much made about the financial situation at Rangers as Gio enters the club with reporters pressing sporting director Ross Wilson on transfer funds at the Dutchman’s unveiling.
This line of questioning comes after the club posted a £23.5m loss from last season and Wilson has been clear that Rangers do not have to sell to buy.
Wilson was clear then that Rangers do not have to sell to buy and that potential additions in January would be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Yet Giovanni van Bronckhorst was once again pressed on potential Rangers transfers and the Dutchman claims the club must be prepared ahead of the upcoming window.
🗣️ "We have to be prepared."
Giovanni van Bronckhorst says Rangers must be ready for the January transfer window. pic.twitter.com/gaL94oFDWO
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“I know that the organisation, especially Ross, is already thinking about the next transfer window because always something can happen, so we have to be well prepared,” said van Bronckhorst [Sky Sports].
“I’m starting to get the players much better through working with them so overall when the transfer window begins, we have to be prepared maybe in doing something and maybe we don’t do something but I think the most important thing is that we’re prepared for whatever comes.”
Giovanni van Bronckhorst is clearly taking a balanced view on things with regards the Rangers squad and his comments clearly refer to both incomings and outgoings.
Rangers mentioned alongside Newcastle United star Sean Longstaff
The comments have also come after Rangers have been mentioned alongside Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff.
Rangers were linked to the player as far back as January 2018 [Chronicle] and were once again mentioned as the player’s contract ticks down at St James’ Park.
According to the Chronicle, Longstaff is open to a deal at Newcastle but there is interest from the likes of Everton, Rangers, Celtic and other clubs around Europe.
Whilst this may well be a pre-contract move for the 24-year-old, we’ve seen in recent seasons that Rangers have brought these kind of deals forward in the January window.
But what is clear, is that whether the club move for Sean Longstaff, or anyone else for that matter, will depend on how both van Bronckhorst and Wilson view the club’s situation in January.
Speaking of Sean Longstaff, the player’s brother – also a Newcastle United player and once linked to Rangers – now turns out for a Premiership rival.