Rangers fans must rally around Van Bronckhorst with Board position clear
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Rangers fans must rally around Van Bronckhorst with Board position clear

Ibrox fans might be increasingly frustrated with manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst but as the Board drop a major hint on their position, it’s clear the support must rally around the Dutchman.

The Gers have had a tumultuous campaign as things stand with the confidence-sapping Champions League humiliation multiplying against a seven-point gap in the Premiership title race.

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For many that difference is already insurmountable whilst others retain quieter optimism that the league season is anything but over.

But it’s not just results that have Rangers fans nervous as a year on from the club’s appointment of Giovanni van Bronckhorst, domestically a lack of identity remains striking.

Rangers’ laboured and enthusiastic style has been heavily criticised by supporters who are also sick and tired of watching the same players let them down time and again.

Many of this squad might’ve delivered 55 – heck they also got to a European Final and won the Scottish Cup – but that Premiership victory wasn’t seen in front of prying eyes.

There’s a sentiment amongst fans that many in the squad simply cannot handle the pressure of playing for Rangers whilst Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s calm style is incapable of motivating to do so.

A combination of too much respect handed out to Premiership dross and uninspired, one-dimensional, horseshoe tactics has fans on Gio’s back and Rangers at a crossroads.

Rangers fans must back Van Bronckhorst as Board show hand

As the club announced their financial results for the year – finally making a small profit after years of unsustainable investment – the nods to Van Bronckhorst were evident.

The Dutchman’s run to the Europa League Final was not only immense financially, but it grew the club’s stature which in turn has commercial benefits.

Qualification for the Champions League also got a massive monkey off the clubs back whilst the sales of Nathan Patterson, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey all happened on his watch.

Rangers have also been besieged by injuries and the decision to award several veteran players new contracts looks a poor one given their lack of involvement on the pitch this season.

The contract situation involving once key stars Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos – a distraction which is so painfully obvious to both players – is also not his fault.

The 1-0 win over Hearts offered Gio plenty of respite and should victory come away to St Mirren on Saturday that goodwill may well continue. Anything but three points and the complexion changes.

But it’s clear that the Rangers Board are backing the Dutchman and until the fat lady sings this season, and after a much-needed World Cup break, it’s time for the Ibrox crowd to replace groans and boos with the kind of encouragement which could technically help us go on to lift a treble.

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