Too much Dutch Gold! Rangers’ success justified £36m spending spree says former manager Dick Advocaat.

Dick Advocaat today defended his Rangers spending spree despite its
part in plunging them to the brink of extinction.

The club’s current plight can be traced back to the unprecedented
£36million shelled out for players during Advocaat’s days at Ibrox
between 1998 and 2002.

But the Russia boss claimed his record as Rangers manager, which
yielded a domestic treble and double, justified his transfer dealings.

“My team became champions etc… etc..” said Advocaat, speaking during
a European Championship finalists workshop in Warsaw.

“In that way, the money was worth spending.”

Despite wasting a club record £12million on Tore Andre Flo, Advocaat
claimed most of his signings increased in value under his stewardship.

“If you sell those players, you get more money back then you spend,” he said.

“That’s the way you have to think.”

Advocaat did not deny Rangers had overspent, saying: “Probably, they
spent too much money. Otherwise, you are not in this position.”

But he was still shocked they were in such dire straights.

“Unbelievable what’s going on there because – with Celtic – one of the
greatest clubs in the world,” he said.

“If you see how many fans they have in the world, it’s a pity what
happened now.”

Asked what Rangers going bust would mean, he said: “I don’t think that
will happen.

“At the end, somebody always stands up to take it over.”