Rangers could be in the right place to end their 13-year Scottish Cup drought under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, as their quest for the trophy begins against Stirling Albion.
The Gers haven’t won the prestigious trophy since a 1-0 win against Falkirk in 2009 secured them the trophy to complete a domestic double under Walter Smith.
The sides failings in domestic cup competitions have been well documented ever since the club was promoted back to the top flight (the less said about 2016 the better).
Successive Semi-final defeats against Celtic in 2017 and 2018 were ominous as it looked like we would never get the better of our city rivals. The squad was poor and Celtic kept strengthening, utilising the Champions League money they had earned.
Rangers Scottish Cup drought could end this season under Giovanni van Bronckhorst
Under Steven Gerrard, the Ibrox side was defeated in three successive Quarterfinals, Aberdeen in 2019, Hearts in 2020, and St Johnstone last season, in what was the most disappointing defeat considering how well we had played to win the league title.
The Scottish Cup has spent far too long out of Rangers’ hands and the Dutchman could well be the man that leads us to glory, considering his cup pedigree.
Whilst at Feyenoord, van Bronckhorst led the side to two Dutch Cup triumphs, in 2016 and 2018, also winning two Johan Cruyff Shields. This could be crucial as we pursue Scottish Cup glory for the 34th time.
Ultimately, the league is the bread and butter. If fans were offered the chance of either winning the league title or the Scottish Cup, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who would say the cup.
This doesn’t mean it is devalued, as winning domestic trophies further establishes a side’s dominance. Considering it has been eleven years since our last major domestic cup of any sort, the 2011 League Cup, the 46-year-old could endear himself to the Ibrox faithful even more by winning the Scottish Cup this season.