Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst was faced with a hectic schedule when he began his tenure in late November. The festive period is always awash with fixtures and this year was no different.

The main aim was to get through this tough December spell with a lead at the top of the table and progress in Europe, the Dutchman has delivered on both accounts, with performances and results surpassing what every supporter thought was possible.

Olympique Lyonnais v Rangers FC: Group A - UEFA Europa League
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Van Bronckhorst didn’t inherit a bad squad, far from it, yet it was a team lacking in confidence and stuttering through the embryonic stages of our title defence. Yes, we were winning, but the swagger wasn’t there from the previous year. Things had begun to go slightly stale.

With the news of Steven Gerrard departing the club to take over at Aston Villa, many fans were left gutted. Fast forward nearly two months later and the Ibrox side is arguably in a better position.


Rangers rejuvenated under Giovanni van Bronckhorst

The 46-year-old won his first match, a 2-0 defeat of Sparta Prague which clinched second place in the group which clinched the side a spot in the playoff round in what was an excellent start.

Rangers then reeled off three league wins on the trot without ever looking threatened and Gio brought back the confidence that was sorely missing.

A 1-1 draw with Lyon was a slight blip in a match that was essentially a dead rubber, this allowed the manager to rotate the squad and experiment with some fringe players.

Four games followed in 14 days and the Ibrox side won them all, scoring seven and conceding none, this is title-winning form.

Winter break brought forward

The news of the winter break being brought forward has prevented the Old Firm clash from going ahead on January 2, with Rangers in such good form it would have been an excellent chance to really put a marker down and extend the lead at the top of the table.

Rangers v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
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If this nine-game unbeaten run was a test for the new manager, then he has aced it. It’s now time for the players to rest and come back even stronger for the second half of the season.

In other news, Rangers have confirmed that the B team clash against Celtic is postponed until further notice.

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