By Beck Pascal

13th May, 2022 | 7:37am

Dick Advocaat gushes over Champions League level Rangers

Former Rangers boss Dick Advocaat has been floored by the “remarkable” work Giovanni van Bronckhorst has done at Ibrox since joining in November. 

Despite not winning the league, the Dutchman has navigated the Light Blues to two cup finals – most impressively the Europa League. 

Advocaat insisted that the Gers are already at Champions League level whilst urging them to make several signings in the summer transfer window to stay there.

“Gio has some good players in his team but if you win the Europa League, you no doubt earn some more money too,” Advocaat told Daily Record.

“Maybe then he can buy one, two, even three good players and make the team stronger again.

“It’s remarkable they’ve made it this far considering what the team has been able to spend.

“But if you want to do this on a regular basis then you need a wider squad with more competition.

“For me, if you make the final of the Europa League you’re already at a level where you can play in the Champions League, there’s no doubt about that.

“But the extra revenue will allow them to build and stabilise for many years to come.”


This season’s European journey has been breathtaking by the Gers. Absolutely nobody gave them a chance of getting past Borussia Dortmund once they made it out of the group, but they did in some style. 

That seemingly sparked a miraculous belief within the squad that they can beat anyone on their day and they did exactly that – defying all odds yet again against Braga and RB Leipzig respectively.

They have struggled domestically at times this season due to the added workload of playing most Thursdays but not one Rangers fan would change a thing.

This has been an excellent season no matter how it ends but it would be great if they could beat Eintracht Frankfurt and Hearts in both finals to do the double.

Then the Bears must look to maintain this momentum by strengthening their squad in the summer. Van Bronckhorst will undoubtedly have his eyes on the league title next season and he will need a few more high-quality players to have any chance.

In other Rangers news, a BBC pundit has gushed over van Bronckhorst’s “incredible” impact at Rangers whilst putting the onus on winning in Seville.