By Azeem Siddiqui

25th Jul, 2022 | 12:10pm

Rangers will be ‘different animal’ next season - David Martindale

Livingston manager David Martindale has stated that Rangers will be a “different animal” going into the next season under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The Gers are coming off the back of an impressive campaign where they won the Scottish Cup and finished as the runners-up in the UEFA Europa League.

The 48-year-old was quoted in a report by Daily Record where he heaped praise on Van Bronckhorst for improving Rangers under his management.

“I was at the Rangers game on Tuesday night and they were phenomenal, honestly,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a cracking title race this year. Rangers as a club have kicked on massively.

“Since Gio has come in, he has made them better and they have kicked on, brought a lot of revenue into the club, commercially and from player sales, and I think they have used that very, very wisely. So we are going to be facing a different animal this time around.

“They have a Champions League qualifier on the Tuesday so everyone that sets foot on the park on the Saturday is going to be vying for a place in a huge, huge game for Rangers.

“That will be an added bonus and impetus for the Rangers. We can only look at ourselves and how we are going to approach the game but it’s going to be a really, really difficult game if I’m honest.”

Titanic Tussle

It has taken a lot of years for Rangers to be considered a serious football club again. Before, many people considered the Scottish league as another version of Ligue 1 in which titles were decided before the opening day.

However, what the Gers have done in the past couple of years shows their hard work and patience behind the scene.

In the 2020-21 season, they won the Scottish League title under Steven Gerrard, who eventually left for Aston Villa the following season.

After the title-winning season, they appointed Giovanni van Bronckhorst, where despite not being able to defend their title, they were successful on other fronts.

Those results show that Rangers are now once again becoming a force to be reckoned with as they used to be in the past and even though they’ve lost key players in Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey, the club’s top-tier management has made some notable recruitment and the fans will be hoping for an even better show next season.

In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson now has names lined up just in case Alfredo Morelos seals his exit this summer