Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Rangers have had a terrible start to the season, and the Dutchman’s position at Ibrox is under intense strain. However, Barry Ferguson believes he will be granted the World Cup break to turn things around at Rangers.
Rangers now trail Celtic in the Premiership by seven points after their 2-1 loss to St. Johnstone in Perth. Rangers were eliminated from the Champions League after losing all six of their group stage matches and losing their only previous Old Firm match.
Rangers have indeed earned the shame of being the worst group stage team in Champions League history. That is, with only two goals scored, no points earned, and a significant 22 goals allowed, including nine to Liverpool.
To change the tide, Van Bronckhorst has a huge task ahead of him. Charlie Nicholas proposed Sean Dyche and Ralph Hasenhuttl because he thinks it’s time for a change at Ibrox. Ferguson, though, anticipates holding onto his position until 2023.
“He’s got a contract until 2025. It’s clear he will stay until the World Cup break. But I’m repeating myself,” Ferguson told Go Radio. “You need a response, need to react, need more aggression. I feel I’m saying the same thing every week.”
It is difficult to see how van Bronckhorst will be able to recover from the situation he put Rangers in. Yes, the board and Ross Wilson are to fault for not properly supporting the Dutch manager throughout the summer.
However, a few of his signings have been subpar. Ridvan Yilmaz was given a substantial amount, and he has yet to begin. The side has not been improved by Ben Davies, Rabbi Matondo, Tom Lawrence, or John Souttar. A huge loss would be Connor Goldson.
Rangers have fallen further behind Celtic as a result of a combination of injuries and struggling new players. Van Bronckhorst, though, finds it difficult to give Rangers a backup strategy. There must be a significant shift before the World Cup break or it’s game over.