Some deadwood was also cleared from the Dutchman’s side, with the likes of Niko Katic, Glenn Middleton, Cedric Itten, and Jake Hastie all moving on having not made an impact at the Light Blues.
With the Ibrox side qualifying for the Champions League group stages for the first time since 2010/2011 after a playoff win against PSV Eindhoven, there could have been a few more additions to the squad, especially with the riches due to come the Light Blues’ way.
The club were linked with a host of names over the summer, but Van Bronckhorst missed an opportunity with Norwegian player Erik Botheim, with the club linked with the 22-year-old following the cancellation of his contract at FC Krasnodar.
Botheim is a good friend of Erling Haaland’s, with the two forming a band together called Flow Kingz when they were both youth players in Norway.
The 22-year-old is very like his friend on the pitch too, having a keen eye for goal and, although he hasn’t hit the superstardom levels that the Manchester City frontman has hit, he would have made a great signing for Rangers.
The Norway U21 international has scored 32 goals and registered 13 assists during his senior career and, despite these stats being considerably less than Haaland’s, Botheim still has a knack for scoring and setting up teammates whenever he can.
Jacek Kulig, who runs Football Talent Scout described Botheim as a “complete forward” and his stats clearly show he can do just about everything while leading the line.
The Dutchman missed a major opportunity in the 22-year-old, with Serie A side Salernitana signing him on a four-year deal a few weeks after the links to Rangers emerged – especially considering the fact he was available on a free transfer.
Van Bronckhorst went out and bought Antonio Colak and with seven goals already, it has turned out to be a solid move, but having Botheim in the side would have undoubtedly given the club an extra boost in the attacking department – and perhaps even proven to become Rangers’ own version of the goal machine that is Haaland.