As Rangers crashed out of the Premier Sports Cup to Hibs, new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst watched on from the stands.

What had seemed like a positive opportunity for the Dutchman only last week has now quickly turned to look like a growing challenge as the Gers crash out of competition one with the very real threat of competition two following it on Thursday evening.

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Rangers crashed out of the Premier Sports Cup to Hibs with Giovanni van Bronckhorst watching on from the sidelines. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That match with Sparta Prague will be Gio’s first game in charge and after Connor Goldson’s explosive post-match interview, it would appear there are changes to ring.

But out of everybody in the stadium yesterday – or at least those connected to the club – van Bronckhorst was undoubtedly the least culpable for a gutless display which, in the context of our season, had been coming.

Hibs schooled Rangers and after going in 3-1 at halftime were laughing all the way to the 90th minute, giving this team of cowards the ball for entirety of the second half in full knowledge that they weren’t going to be brave enough to do anything with it.

It was as predictable as it was tiresome.

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Blaming van Bronckhorst for Rangers defeat to Hibs is just mixing the pot

But in the aftermath of the result, there have been murmurs within the support and some pot mixing in the press regarding van Bronckhorst’s pre-match approach.


Some genuinely believe that the Dutchman, without having had a moment with the squad due to work permit issues, should’ve been thrown in at Hampden.

What utter nonsense.

Rangers did well to turn around the situation with the management so quickly but the notion a new manager could’ve implemented a suitable philosophy in time for this game is delusional.

So is the idea that van Bronckhorst’s first introduction to the players could’ve come at half-time with the club staring down the barrel of a gun.

As Connor Goldson revealed, Rangers had already pulled the trigger. And therein lies the issue.

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There is much work to be done by Giovanni van Bronckhorst but claims he’s somehow responsible for the Hibs defeat are unfair. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Let people take aim at Gio – it is part of their job after all – but the blame for this defeat lies squarely at the feet of a bunch of players who, in all honesty, let the club and support down.

Changes must be – and will be – rung by Giovanni van Bronckhorst but at least let him get his feet under the desk before you go blaming him for the mess he’s just inherited at Rangers.

Rangers fans are understandably frustrated after the defeat to Hibs and took aim at those Connor Goldson comments come full-time.

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