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Rangers: Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s summer priorities

Rangers: Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s summer priorities -Rangers News

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has four positions at the forefront of his mind as he looks to strengthen his squad this summer. 

That’s according to Jordan Campbell, Gers correspondent for The Athletic.

The lowdown

Van Bronckhorst has already added to his ranks with the signing of centre-back John Souttar on a free transfer.

Two players have left the club, meanwhile, with Cedric Itten sealing a £1.6million switch to Swiss outfit Young Boys and Leon Balogun departing at the end of his contract.

Rangers spent just £2.6million on new arrivals in 21/22 while generating £13.39million from player sales (via Transfermarkt).

They finished as runners-up in both the Scottish Premiership and the Europa League.

The latest

Campbell writes that Van Bronckhorst wants a new right winger, alongside the likes of Ryan Kent, Scott Wright and Fashion Sakala, who can provide width.

There’s also a need for a ‘creative, goalscoring midfielder’ and a ‘more direct’ striker.

Finally, a left-back may arrive, with Van Bronckhorst not entirely convinced by Borna Barisic and the club yet to discuss a new contract with the Croatian.

‘Rangers have money to spend on a fee for a key player’ and they ‘will look to add quality from the Bosman market too’, says Campbell.

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The verdict

Who might some of the targets in these positions be?

Well, in terms of forwards, Rangers have been linked with £8.5million-valued Mateo Cassierra of PFC Sochi, who apparently wants to join, as well Sunderland’s Ross Stewart.

The club do already have Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe on their books in addition to Sakala, though they have lost Itten.

Perhaps, then, it wouldn’t be wise to direct the majority of funds towards this area of the team, even if Van Bronckhorst is said to be looking beyond the quantity options and thinking about stylistic suitability.

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