Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst will put pressure on the hierarchy to ‘dig deep’ and give him a sizeable transfer budget if the Gers fail to bring the Scottish Cup back to Ibrox, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
Van Bronckhorst was appointed as the Glasgow giants’ chief last November and, ahead of his first full campaign in the dugout, could look to freshen up his options when the summer window opens for business next month.
What’s the latest news involving Rangers?
Rangers will go head-to-head with Hearts in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday, with this being their last opportunity to get their hands on a trophy this season.
Van Bronckhorst’s charges will go into the clash on the back of a huge midweek disappointment after a penalty shoot-out defeat saw them beaten to the Europa League crown, along with Champions League qualification, by German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt.
The heartbreaking loss, which came after Aaron Ramsey was the only man to miss from the spot, resulted in Rangers’ 50-year wait for a European trophy going on.
While van Bronckhorst admitted missing out on Europa League glory ‘will hurt a lot’, he has urged his players to ‘move on’ and focus on overcoming Hearts at Hampden Park this weekend.
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What has Pete O’Rourke said about the situation?
O’Rourke believes van Bronckhorst will ask the Rangers hierarchy to give him a healthy transfer budget if they fail to overcome Hearts in the Scottish Cup final.
The journalist feels it would be a natural reaction from the 47-year-old if he goes into the summer having failed to clinch any silverware following his move into the Ibrox hot seat.
He also reckons van Bronckhorst will want to freshen up his options ahead of challenging for trophies next term.
O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “If they do end up not winning anything this year, I think van Bronckhorst will be asking for the club to dig deep in their pockets to give him the money to change the squad around.”
Who have Rangers been linked with?
Rangers are also understood to be in the race to sign Sunderland frontman Ross Stewart, but they are facing competition from Norwich and Swansea City.