An update has emerged on Rangers’ financial situation that could impact potential head coach Gio van Bronckhorst …
What is the talk?
Football finance expert Kieran Maguire has warned Gers fans to expect sales from some of their top players due to loans owed to directors.
Maguire believes the Rangers will have to keep up with their bitter rivals Celtic in terms of how they develop players and sell them for a hefty fee in order to be sustainable.
“Most of the directors’ loans are long term.
“So there is no strain on short-term cash flow. But they will have to adopt the model of player exchange that Celtic has, which is to expect sales.
“John Bennett knows they don’t have to sell players but it would be foolish not to do so if they get a good offer. I don’t think there is any need to worry about the repayment of these loans. I think the big problem was dealing with Dave King. This loan has now been repaid.
“Investors have been very sympathetic so far. But they don’t have investors on the same scale as some Premier League clubs. These people are therefore entitled to an interest-based return on their investment as they help the club cover its running costs. “
The rangers are would have making a deal to bring van Bronckhorst to the club to replace Steven Gerrard and Maguire’s comments suggest he could end up in an instant problem at Ibrox. It could be disastrous for the Dutchman if the Gers end up needing to take advantage of some of their best players during the January or summer transfer windows.
9min reported this week that Steven Gerrard already had his eyes on a number of Rangers players to potentially sign for Aston Villa. Ryan Kent, Borna Barisic, Glen Kamara and Nathan Patterson are said to be on his radar, showing that there is interest in Gers stars from elsewhere and that they could be placed in a position where it is difficult to ignore.
If Villa, or any club for that matter, comes up with an important offer for a player like Kent or Barisic, those comments from Maguire suggest they might be pressured to listen. That, in turn, will mean van Bronckhorst may have to deal with the regular departure and replacement of his key players in the future, especially if Rangers adopt a salesperson mentality.
Club rivals Old Firm found life difficult under their new boss early in the campaign, being kicked out of the Champions League after losing the star men Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer. So this serves as an example that the Rangers cannot afford to reproduce.
It could be disastrous for Rangers and van Bronckhorst if not handled properly, as replacing them could be very difficult. Selling players in the summer window would be the best way to go, as January gives the club less time to search for new signings, while competitive matches are also played during the month.
Either way, these comments will be of concern to the Dutchman and could leave him with immediate problems to resolve at Ibrox …