Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is beginning to lose the faith of plenty in the Ibrox support as his Europa League goodwill begins to run dry.

Rangers supporters are fundamentally unhappy with the style of play at the club currently with Dutch coach van Bronckhorst viewed as too tepid and too conversative at times.

Combine this with the domestic capitulation last season – the ex-Feyenoord coach overseeing a 12 point swing in the title race – and heading into this campaign there were already grumbles.

That’s despite that magnificent run to the Europa League Final, which no-one can take away from van Bronckhorst or this team.

But this season Rangers have cut a dejected team at times and under the Dutch coach we have shown a propensity to utterly collapse when the pressure is on.

It happened in the title race last season, it’s happened twice at Celtic Park, it’s happened time and again in the Champions League.

This is a team bereft of belief and confidence and there’s a feeling it hasn’t been helped by a coach who’s regularly talked his own team down when competing at the highest level.

Rangers fans scrutinising Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Rangers coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst is notoriously calm in his press conference but a lack of charisma and regular lamentations of financial disparity have fans frustrated with the excuses.

Rangers fans are looking to the manager for leadership and are struggling to find it at present with major questions now hanging over the Ibrox coach.

That capitulation at Ibrox has for many shown up deeper issues at the club that range from recruitment to squad management, but the feeling is that the players are chucking it on the pitch and chucking it for the manager.

If Rangers were unified from top to bottom, with the fans also feeling part of it, then no Rangers team would allow themselves to be utterly humiliated like they were against Liverpool.

And so long as Giovanni van Bronckhorst continues to oversee some of our biggest ever humiliations, the questions will remain over the Dutch coach’s rein at Ibrox.

In the aftermath of Rangers’ painful Champions League defeat to Liverpool, one Ibrox director continues to get it in the neck.

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