Rangers: Van Bronckhorst 'actively' making scouting plans at Ibrox


Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronkchorst and ‘the scouting team’ will already be scouring the Eredivisie for potential targets, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Dutch tactician has had a mixed start to life in the Ibrox dugout following his arrival in November and could turn to his homeland in order to bolster his first-team squad over the summer.

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Van Bronckhorst succeeded former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard following his shock departure for Aston Villa and has enjoyed several highs and lows already throughout his brief tenure.

Famous victories over Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade and Sporting Braga have seen the Glasgow giants advance to the Europa League semi-finals.

The tricky two-legged tie against German outfit RB Leipzig will be the Gers’ first continental semi-final in 14 years, while they also have a Scottish Cup final to look forward to.

Van Bronkhorst successfully guided his side past fierce rivals Celtic at Hampden Park to set up an intriguing clash with Hearts on 21st May.

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However, it has not all been plain sailing for Rangers under their 47-year-old boss. Back-to-back defeats to the Hoops while on league duty has allowed them to open up a six-point gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

It now seems as though Ange Postecoglou’s charges are set to reclaim the SPFL title with just four games left to play, meaning Rangers must pull off a successful cup run in order to claim some silverware.

What has O’Rourke said about Rangers?

Van Bronckhorst enjoyed a successful stint as Feyenoord between 2015 and 2019, claiming one league title and two Dutch Cups during his four-year spell in charge.

And O’Rourke believes he will be ‘actively looking’ at the talent on offer in the Eredivisie as he plans a renewed assault on the league title next term.

In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, he said: “I’m sure it’s something that Van Bronckhorst and the scouting team at Rangers are actively looking at right now.”

Will there be many changes at Rangers?

While Rangers haven’t been directly linked with anyone in particular from Dutch football just yet, there could be several Ibrox exits this summer.

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Experienced stars Allan McGregor, Steven Davis, Scott Arfield, Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun are all set to become free agents in a few months’ time, although the club’s hierarchy have the option to extend the latter’s stay by a further year.

Meanwhile, Joe Aribo, Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Jack, Filip Helander and Ryan Kent have all entered the final 15 months of their contracts, meaning Rangers may be forced to have a significant clear out ahead of next season.

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