If you can’t handle the pressure, then you shouldn’t be on the Rangers.
That was one of the first lessons I learned as a child all those years ago and it’s a rule that still applies today, from the bottom up.
So if there’s anyone out there that doesn’t fully understand what’s at stake over the course of the next six days, then they’re in the wrong place because now is the time for people to stand up and be counted.
To show that they really understand what my old club is all about.
They shouldn’t even see it as pressure. It is an integral part of life in a club where the demands and expectations are so high.
Everyone has a job to do and a responsibility to fulfill when the heat is on.
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So next week could be a big time for the new manager, his players and for a board of directors that must show it is willing to back the boss with a significant amount of money before the transfer window closes on Monday night. night. .
Giovanni van Bronckhorst went on record at the turn of the year when he said Rangers couldn’t afford to come out of January weaker than they went into it.
But with Nathan Patterson out for Everton and Ianis Hagi out for the rest of the season following knee surgery, expect director of football Ross Wilson to have a deal or two up his sleeve.
That Amad Diallo arrives on loan for six months from Manchester United is not a bad start.
Bringing in a boy who cost United £20m in a deal that could be worth £37m suggests Gio has added genuine quality.
But it will be interesting to see if more reinforcements will arrive in time for the start of the Premiership showdown.
The coach has already made it clear that he is not interested in adding numbers to his group.
It’s about quality. What you need are players who will come right in and make your first XI stronger than it already is. Not guys who are happy to warm up another seat on the bench.
Diallo clearly falls into that group. Having been hungry for game time at Old Trafford, the boy has made the brave decision to go play first-team football elsewhere. I have always admired that kind of attitude because it shows a hunger to succeed and improve.
If he had wanted an easy life, he could have stayed on the fringes of Ralf Rangnick’s side, but he has made the big decision to roll up his sleeves and gain valuable Scottish football experience. Good for him. I like your style. He is clearly looking to be put under the type of
The pressure the Rangers will provide.
But I wonder if van Bronckhorst could have identified more boxes for Wilson to check in the coming days.
I hope they try again to bring in John Souttar from Hearts, a player who will really bolster the manager’s central defensive options.
And while Diallo is an exciting addition in the short term, I wouldn’t rule out the Ibrox boss trying to spend a few pounds recruiting another forward-thinking player on a permanent basis.
Look, the Rangers are just awash in money. We all know how tight things are these days.
But they raised more than £4m when Steven Gerrard brought his coaching staff to Aston Villa.
And they secured a guaranteed £11m fee for Patterson even before add-ons are considered.
No one expects Gio to be given everything to spend. The board explained to fans at the AGM that the club needs to be more sustainable. That model has now been implemented with the sale of Patterson.
However, it would not be unreasonable to expect the manager to be given £2m or £3m to spend if he has identified a player who he believes will make his team stronger.
It is not a work in progress. Not another body to do the numbers. He’s not someone who hasn’t been playing and will take time to catch up, as Diallo might be.
I think if he feels there is a player out there who can improve his line-up he will look to get him in and I am also convinced that the board will do everything they can to make sure they back their man.
Let’s be honest, it’s been a while since the Rangers brought in a player who really got going.
John Lundstram is decent but hasn’t had the impact that was expected of him. Juninho Bacuna is leaving after only six months and Jack Simpson has had trouble finding his place. Fashion Sakala is now starting to show that there is a real player there, but
Big Cedric Itten still has a long way to go.
So there have been more misses than hits in the last 18 months and the manager could use a good finish in the current window.
Diallo, it must be said, is a very decent start, but it won’t be the long-term answer.
On the other hand, youngster Alex Lowry could be after breaking into the first team last week. I must say that I really like the look of this boy because he shows a dexterity and composure that is very unusual to find in an 18 year old.
He is graceful with a football brain well beyond his years and an ability to slide
passed opponents as if they weren’t even there.
I find it very exciting to see a youngster earning himself an opportunity and I have no doubt as long as he continues to work as hard as he obviously has to get to this stage, he will have a great future. in the game.
It certainly feels like the real deal to me and I love the fact that he wants to take the bull by the horns and accept responsibility for making things happen. But Lowry will also have to learn to be patient, and I know firsthand how difficult it can be when all you want to do is go out there and show you’re ready.
You’ll have to dive in and out of the computer for a while and that can be frustrating.
But with a tough trip to Ross County this weekend and the Old Firm derby on Wednesday, it might be best to let some of the more experienced boys take the pressure off their young shoulders.
He’ll have plenty of time to get used to being a Rangers player.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.