As we discussed on Caught Offside previously the Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst was unlikely to survive if he dropped points against St Mirren in the final match before the break for the World Cup.
A 1-1 draw against St Mirren followed by Celtic defeating Ross County later on the same day meant that in just one week Celtic’s lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership increased from four points up to nine as van Bronckhorst’s side had also suffered a 2-0 defeat at McDiarmid Park to St Johnstone the previous weekend.
Add to the mix the disastrous Champions League campaign with six defeats in the group stages and the worst-ever team tag after shipping goals right left and centre to Ajax, Napoli and of course Liverpool who won 7-1 at Ibrox in a night of humiliation for the Rangers supporters.
Today, the 46 year old Dutchman, who led his side all the way to a penalty shoot-out defeat in the Europa League Final in Seville last season, paid the price for the terrible run of form since the Champions league group stages got underway with a 4-0 defeat in Amsterdam.
In a statement released this morning on the club’s official website van Bronckhorst was finally put out of his misery.
“Rangers Football Club confirms today it has parted company with manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst. The board would like to put on record sincere thanks to Gio for all his efforts since his appointment as manager,” the statement reads.
“Arriving at the club just over a year ago, Gio led the club to a fifth European final and won the Scottish Cup last May. He also led the team to the club’s first Champions League qualification in 12 years.
“Unfortunately, results and performances over recent months haven’t met expectations and the decision was made today by the board to terminate the contract of the manager.
“The search for the new manager is now underway.”
The Ibrox club had a tough decision to make given the exceptional European run under van Bronckhorst’s watch last…
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Author : David Faulds
Publish date : 2022-11-21 11:32:58
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