Rangers: top 30 players - number 19

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst went on to represent Arsenal and Barcelona, but moves to England and Spain wouldn't have materialised without his spell at Rangers.

 

Despite Rangers splashing out £5m on his services, Giovanni van Bronckhorst arrived in Glasgow as somewhat of an unknown quantity having only played in the Netherlands, but at Ibrox, he would continue his development into an established player in Europe.

 

His first of three years at the club would prove to be the most successful, with the Dutchman scoring 10 times in 53 appearances as Rangers claimed the domestic treble under Dick Advocaat. He wouldn't find the back of the net as regularly during the following 12 months, but he again helped Rangers to the Scottish crown, with the highlight of his season coming with a goal in the 4-0 thrashing of Celtic.

 

He enjoyed a fantastic start to the 2000-01 campaign, netting in each of Rangers' opening three Champions League fixtures, but injury would derail his season at the end of October, and he would make just two more appearances for the club, ending with a record of 22 goals in 118 games.

 

It was a fine return for a player who was also playing on a regular basis for the national team, but he would eventually move on to Arsenal and Barcelona where he would win three league titles and the Champions league. Still, if it wasn't for so many effective displays in Scotland, those lucrative transfers may not have materialised.

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