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The National (Scotland)
The National (Scotland)
Ewan Paton

Giovanni van Bronckhorst opens up on his major Rangers transfer frustration

Former Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has detailed the transfer dealing which left him unhappy at the club last summer.

The Dutchman had not long guided the Ibrox side to Scottish Cup glory at the end of the 2021/22 campaign. 

That season also resulted in a narrow penalty shootout loss in the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Calvin Bassey played a key role under van Bronckhorst in that campaign. The former Leicester City defender was a standout in the European run and earned man of the match in the final in Seville.

His form naturally sparked transfer interest from clubs all over the continent. 

It was Ajax who firmed up their interest and eventually bought the Nigeria international for around £19million. 

Van Bronckhorst understood why the player wanted to move on, and also that the club was happy to accept such a sizeable fee for their asset.

But he insists he was "not happy" that the player was sold as he was aiming to build on his squad from a position of strength heading into the new season.

The Dutch boss left the club last November, with Michael Beale replacing him during the World Cup break. 

But speaking to TV station RTL7, the 48-year-old still has lingering frustrations over the Bassey sale.

Van Bronckhorst said: "He has not had a good year. I went there In November and with me, he immediately became an important player because his defensive qualities were great.

"He was fast, strong, and won duels. He really played into his strength with me and that made him the player that was sold.

"I was not happy that he left, but I understood it for the club and I thought it was a good follow-up for him.

"He is a young player and he can improve, but Ajax in general has had a very difficult year. Not just Bassey, but several players. I think he has not always been able to play in his strength at Ajax."

Meanwhile, Tom Lawrence and Kemar Roofe will return to the Rangers squad for the trip to Dingwall this weekend.

The Ibrox duo have both recovered from injury knocks and will be in contention for game time against Ross County.

However, Ridvan Yilmaz will not feature despite having returned to training.

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