By Ben Brown

21st Apr, 2022 | 10:48am

Chris Jack says Giovanni van Bronckhorst should lead Rangers rebuild

Glasgow Times journalist Chris Jack believes Giovanni van Bronckhorst deserves to guide the Rangers revamp over the summer.

The Dutchman has successfully guided the Gers’ through a crucial week of the season, progressing in the Europa League against Braga and setting up a Scottish Cup final against Hearts.

However the 47-year-old has likely failed in retaining the club’s Scottish Premiership crown with old firm rivals Celtic six points clear as the season approaches its finale.

Despite this Jack thinks the former player has done enough to remain in the managerial hot seat, and should be trusted to make the right decisions in the transfer market.

“It is amazing what a couple of wins can do for the mood of a support and the perception of managers and players,” he wrote for the newspaper (21 April).

“His time in Glasgow as a player ensured he needed no introduction to the demands and expectations but understanding them and being able to match and live up to them are very different things.

“That is why the extra time wins last week were as meaningful and emotional for Van Bronckhorst.

“Time will tell whether Van Bronckhorst is capable of being a successful Rangers manager.

“He has, though, now earned the right to give it a proper crack on his own terms as he prepares for a summer of wheeling and dealing to put his stamp on the squad.”

Vital Wins

With the league all but gone van Bronckhorst needed results in the last two games to help quieten hushes about his future and he’s managed to do it in dramatic style.

It’s always difficult for a manager to stamp their style of play on a team when they join midway through a season but the Dutchman has managed to pick up some mightily impressive results.

Winning the cup final against Hearts is vital as there will be bitter disappointment if the campaign ends trophyless, but the run to the Europa League semi-finals should help to soften that potential blow.

Rangers are the underdogs to progress through that tie against RB Leipzig but what a story it would be if they can pull another rabbit out of the hat.

Under van Bronckhorst, they very well might.

In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist has spoke about his former clubs European exploits.