By Saikat Mandal

19th Apr, 2022 | 2:40pm

Brian Laudrup convinced van Bronckhorst can successfully lead Rangers work in summer

Brian Laudrup is convinced that Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the right man to lead Rangers forward.

After two defeats against Celtic this season that could cost them the title, the Gers bounced back with a 2-1 win over their rivals in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Sunday.

Laudrup thinks he has not only silenced his critics but has also proved his ability after a memorable week for the club.

“The Dutchman has been criticised in the past for how he uses his squad but he got everything right at Hampden,” wrote Laudrup for The Scottish Daily Mail (19 April, page 70).

“Joe Aribo didn’t look like he could be a match-winner. He came off, Scott Arfield came on and scored with one of his first touches. Van Bronckhorst picked Fashion Sakala as the final substitution and he played a part in the winning goal.

“Rangers still need to get the Scottish Cup in the bag which won’t be easy against a strong Hearts team but this past week has given the strongest evidence yet that Van Bronckhorst can successfully lead the work that needs to be done in the summer. He clearly has the players onside.”

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The Dutchman came under loads of pressure after the defeat against Celtic at Ibrox in the league.

Many even speculated whether he would last the entire season.

Rangers could still finish the season empty-handed, but there is strong evidence that Van Bronckhorst can take this team to a new height if he is properly backed in the market.

The Dutchman took charge of the club in the middle of the season after Steven Gerrard had left to join Aston Villa.

He will need more than one transfer window to build the squad to his own shape. The Gers may have dropped off the pace in the league, but they have shown extraordinary character to bounce back whenever there’s a crisis.

To secure a place in the semi-finals of the Europa League is no mean feat, and Rangers have done that by beating the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade and Braga.

Without Alfredo Morelos, it was always going to be tough, but other players have stepped up in the absence of the Colombian.

The Bears have a golden opportunity to lift a domestic cup, something they haven’t done in the past 14 years.

In other Rangers news, a Leipzig sensation has made a startling admission about the Gers after being drawn against them in the Europa League.