By Beck Pascal

19th Apr, 2022 | 6:00am

Kris Commons raves over Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Kris Commons has been left in awe of Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst as he “restored his reputation” with a win against Celtic on Sunday [April 17]. 

The Dutchman passed last week’s massive test with “flying colours” after advancing to the semi-final of the Europa League against Braga and the final of the Scottish Cup against the Hoops. 

The former Sky pundit insisted that doing it without Alfredo Morelos underlines the quality of the Bears boss.

He wrote in his Scottish Daily Mail column: “Rangers now have a Europa League semi-final to look forward to as well as a Scottish Cup final.

“It always felt like this could be a defining few days for Van Bronckhorst — and full credit to him because he has passed it with flying colours.

“These two victories have restored his reputation among the Ibrox supporters at a time when he was beginning to come under serious scrutiny.

“Back-to-back wins in games of such magnitude show fans that he will be the man to lead the club forward next season after an inevitable squad rebuild in the summer.

“You have to remember the context around all of this. In what were the two biggest games of Rangers’ season, Van Bronckhorst has won them both without his best player. You don’t do that if you’re a bad manager.”

Relief

There were major question marks creeping in regarding van Bronckhorst.

Ending the season trophyless whilst Celtic cleaned up would have been severely damaging for his Rangers career and even could have led to him being sacked – the fans would have been furious. 

It would have hardly spelt out a promising future for the former Light Blues player had his first several months been as disastrous as they could have been if this week had gone differently. 

However, the Gers are still very much alive in their hunt for more silverware this season. 

They have proven they can beat anyone on their day In the Europa League with brilliant wins over Borussia Dortmund and Red Star Belgrade and with three games standing between them and the trophy, anything is possible. 

In other Rangers news, a BBC pundit has been left in awe of the Gers’ Europa League journey after their Braga win.