Rangers sack Giovanni van Bronckhorst after a year

Rangers sack Giovanni van Bronckhorst after a year

Rangers have sacked Giovanni van Bronckhorst after a year in cost, with the Ibrox club 9 factors adrift of Celtic within the Scottish Premiership title race.

The Dutchman took over in November 2021, guiding his group to the Europa League closing and lifting last season’s Scottish Cup.

However, after recording the Champions League’s worst-ever group stage campaign and falling additional off the title tempo, Van Bronckhorst’s 12-month tenure is over.

“I want to thank Gio for the hard work he has put in over the last 12 months and, especially, the achievements of taking the club to the Europa League final and winning the Scottish Cup last season,” said Rangers chairman Douglas Park.

“Unfortunately, recent results have not met neither our nor Gio’s expectations, and we have taken this difficult decision today. Everyone at Rangers wishes Gio every success in the future.”

A 1-1 draw at St Mirren on 12 November meant Rangers dropped factors in three of their last 5 league outings, following the earlier weekend’s loss at St Johnstone and a residence draw with Livingston.

Heavy defeats by reigning champions Celtic and Champions League opponents Ajax, Liverpool and Napoli had put Van Bronckhorst under rising pressure, with a number of of the club’s summer time signings struggling to make an influence.

Defender John Souttar and midfielder Tom Lawrence have missed many of the season injured, whereas winger Rabbi Matondo and left-back Ridvan Yilmaz have had restricted game time.

The Ibrox facet did overcome Union Saint Gilloise and PSV Eindhoven in Champions League qualifying to increase the club’s funds early within the season, however they’ve lost 9 of 27 games in all competitions this time period, successful 14.

Rangers let a six-point league lead slip under the previous Netherlands captain last time period, before successful a first home cup since 2011 and shedding out to Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties within the Europa League closing.

After reporting an working revenue of £5.9m for last season, Rangers will maintain their annual assembly early subsequent month and resume their Premiership campaign at residence to Hibernian on 15 December.

The Ibrox facet face Aberdeen within the League Cup semi-finals and start their Scottish Cup defence in January.

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