GIOVANNI VAN BRONCKHORST insists he “doesn’t care” about the cash splash from Ange Postecoglou at Celtic – and is delighted to bank a record £11million fee from Everton for Nathan Patterson.

Across Glasgow, the Hoops have brought in four recruits with a triple swoop on the J-League for Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi plus Irish teen striker Johnny Kenny from Sligo Rovers,

Next up, according to reports, will be Australian international playmaker Riley McGree, but the new Rangers gaffer is adamant he is not concerned by the frantic restrengthening of the Parkhead side who are six points adrift of the Premiership pinnacle.

Van Bronckhorst, who has only brought in New York City’s versatile James Sands on a long-term loan, told the Scottish Sun: “I don’t care what other clubs do.

“Nathan Patterson was a back- up player. This was a win-win situation and, basically, we don’t get any weaker.

“He was sold for a record amount and that fits the long-term vision of the club.

“The club now gets a financial injection and the player goes to the Premier League.”

Former Netherlands World Cup star Van Bronckhorst, who didn’t hesitate when he took over from Aston Villa-bound Steven Gerrard last month, also talked to newspaper De Telegraaf in his homeland about his thoughts about returning to Govan.

He said: “We are the champions of Scotland. This is Rangers, only first place counts for this club.

“We have to have that appearance of flair and spirit in every game and I expect that. No, I demand that from my players.

“I’m the manager, I had to show what I want from day one.

“I have to show the players that, that’s very important. For me, it was nice to see that they have opened up to something new.

“Of course, it helps that you win matches with the way I play. When that is successful, then confidence in the team grows.

“I have opted for a slightly different formation in possession of the ball and when we defend we are also slightly different.”

The former Arsenal and Barcelona star added: “Steven Gerrard also played 4-3-3, but if you see our matches, it is clear that we operate significantly differently in a number of positions.

“I have access to classic wingers at Rangers. So, I want to use that. I also have a real number 10, so we can vary it a lot.

“The boys have handled it really well and everything has come off.

“It would have been nice if we could have trained the whole squad under the sun for a while in the winter, but Rangers has a fantastic training complex and we can train well here just fine.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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