Former Rangers star claims ex-manager exit was critical in key decision
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Former Rangers star claims ex-manager exit was critical in key decision

Former Rangers midfielder Juninho Bacuna has stated that his time at the club under Giovanni van Bronckhorst was “difficult” and the exit for former manager Steven Gerrard was the catalyst in him seeking pastures new.

Bacuna was signed by the Englishman in the summer from Huddersfield, who he had featured for in the Premier League and Gerrard had dubbed him a “major talent”, yet it didn’t exactly work out well in Glasgow.

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“The first half of the season was a bit hard for myself,” said Bacuna [BirminghamMail].

“I had to get fit, played a few games and then the new manager came in, I didn’t really have a chance to play. That was hard for me.

“But anything can happen in football, the manager left, a new manager came in, you have to train hard every day and hopefully the manager gives you your chance.

“It was a difficult time, but I needed to just stay focused on myself, work hard every day, and hopefully you get your chance – but I didn’t.

“I didn’t get my chance with Rangers, so you make a decision ‘Are you going to stay or leave to play games?’ I made my decision to come to Birmingham to play games.”

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for Bacuna, although he has been playing well since he joined Birmingham in January.

Juninho Bacuna didn’t get a chance at Rangers but is excelling in the Championship

The midfielder has played three games for Birmingham and notched an assist against Sheffield Utd in what has been a positive start to his time down south.

There were high hopes when he arrived at Ibrox, but it didn’t quite work out and Giovanni van Bronckhorst looks like he is fine-tuning the squad how he sees fit and Bacuna just wasn’t in his forward plans.

The 24-year-old played well in Gerrard’s final game in charge of Rangers, a 4-2 win over Ross County, in which he scored his first Gers goal, but as in life, football can change quickly and Gerrard was at Aston Villa shortly after.

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Hopefully, he can recapture the form that saw the Ibrox side move for him in the first place and a club like Birmingham could be an excellent platform for the player to regain his confidence.

In other news, a former Rangers forward continues to excel overseas as his new club aims to break new ground.

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