Rangers figure breaks silence on mounting supporter pressure
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Rangers figure breaks silence on mounting supporter pressure

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been addressing the mounting pressure behind him as the club prepare to face Braga in the Europa League.

The Dutch coach knows all about the expectations at Ibrox having been a former player at the club but already there are some Rangers fans doubting the capabilities of the manager.

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This comes after a painful 12 point swing in the title race since the new year, Rangers now six points behind Old Firm rivals Celtic and the weekend’s 2-1 defeat for many evidence that GVB may not be the man to take the club forward.

Joining mid-season after Steven Gerrard and co jumped ship to Aston Villa, it was an initially successful stint in charge as Rangers eked out victories and the league form stabilised.

But in the second half of the campaign – for the third year out of four – this group of players have collapsed in the business end of the season.

Pressure mounting on van Bronckhorst from Rangers support

For many, it’s more a shocking indictment of the players than it is Gio with plenty behind the Dutchman and urging he is given the chance to prove himself with his own players.

Whatever the case, it’s clear that pressure is mounting but it’s in Europe where van Bronckhorst has salvaged his reputation, the victories over Borussia Dortmund and Red Star Belgrade huge results in not just the season, but the club’s history.

Next up is a trip to Portugal to play SC Braga before Rangers host the return in Glasgow and van Bronckhorst swatted away questions pertaining to his situation at Ibrox.

“They don’t have to explain the pressure of being manager of Rangers,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers].

“I’ve been here as a player, I had the pressure when I was manager of Feyenoord so the pressure is always there.

“Of course, you need to perform, I want to perform well with my team, the players want to perform well and that’s what we’re trying to do and work hard for.

“Of course, at the end you want to have silverware, that’s why you work hard all season and that’s what we are going to do until the end of the season.”

Rangers are also eyeing an impressive £10.8m jackpot should they manage to overcome Braga in the Europa League.

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