As Rangers face Aberdeen, the Premiership clash is being primed as a defining match in our season; and in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s reign as Ibrox manager.

Whilst the Dutch coach continues to amble around searching for excuses, the reality that this Rangers side are not performing at a high enough level is dawning on supporters.

Some have already turned on Gio and his team, with back-to-back 4-0 defeats to Celtic and then Ajax viewed as unforgivable in many eyes. Others are not so far behind.

There’s also a growing feeling the players are either not playing for the manager or – like the rest of us – are having genuine difficulties figuring out how van Bronckhorst and his staff want us to play.

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst runs Aberdeen gauntlet

Rangers are a team devoid of identity at present and even when the club has won matches in the Scottish Premiership they have done so with little authority or enthusiasm.

There are growing grumbles that fans are not connecting with the personality and tactics of this side and being quite blunt if that doesn’t change, even if we continue to scrape results against the nation’s dross, then the writing will be on the wall for Gio anyway.

Dominant, aggressive and winning football will always trump its passive, tepid and losing equivalent at Ibrox.

The problem is that the manager really doesn’t seem interested in changing whatever it is he’s trying to do on the pitch and Rangers are a team who, even when breaking at pace, slow the ball down to a snail’s pace and allow teams back into shape.

We are a drab, miserable and turgid watch at worst and a boring one at best. It’s not so much total football as it is totally mind-numbing.

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I don’t mean to be too harsh on this team or the management but how they cannot see what so many of us have for months and what the rest are now waking up to is beyond me.

We lack spark, creativity, enthusiasm, goals, and even the ability to effectively defend a set-piece. What’s worse, we now apparently lack work-rate too.

Our passive manager is rapidly losing the fans and if he behaves in front of the players as he does the media, then it’s little wonder he appears to be losing them as well.

All of this has Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers job under genuine threat with the Aberdeen match D-Day for the Dutchman on a number of fronts.

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Gio is not alone of course – sporting director Ross Wilson is also firmly in fan crosshairs for the club’s underwhelming transfer business – but when any axe falls it’ll be on the Dutchman’s head first.

Does the manager have the courage to drop his underperforming stars? Can he drop his ego and find a more suitable and pleasing way to play for the fans? Is the game already a bogey?

Tune in this Saturday at Pittodrie to find out either way, with anything less than a Rangers win against Aberdeen surely set to have van Bronckhorst staring down the barrel of a gun.

That’s if he isn’t already.

As the Gers toil for form, there is one player who is earning some redemption at Ibrox.

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