By Joe Ellis

27th Apr, 2022 | 10:40am

Giovanni van Bronckhorst conned as Rangers boss omitted from shortlist

The Scottish Football Writers Association (SFWA) announced their manager of the year shortlist today but there was no Rangers representation.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst may have only arrived in the division in November when Steven Gerrard left to return to England with Aston Villa but he is still second in the league.

Celtic’s Ange Postecoglu leads the nominees along with Hearts gaffer Robbie Neilson, Ross County’s Malky Mackay and Arbroath boss Dick Campbell, as reported by the Daily Record.

The domestic form might not have been as exemplary as Gerrard’s was last season but that is a nye-on impossible task to achieve given the extraordinary achievements the former England international did at Ibrox.

Postecoglu certainly has guided his side to a better run in the Scottish Premiership but let’s not forget that it was the Light Blues who came out on top in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.

Not only that but Rangers are single-handedly carrying the entirety of Scottish football on their backs in Europe too whereas the Hoops hopelessly failed.

Not only were they knocked out of the Europe League in the group stages but they were then embarrassingly dumped out of the Conference League by Norway’s Bodo Glimt.

The Bears meanwhile are preparing for a Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig having already beaten Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade and Braga to reach this stage.

The SWFA are being far too short-sighted in their nominations only being based on domestic honours considering how far the Gers have exceeded expectations on the continent.

Even with just domestic form taken into consideration, they are the second-best team in the country, statistically, so van Bronckhorst is surely better than Neilson, Mackay and Campbell.

If they want to keep dismissing the Dutchman then let’s let them do so because they will have to swallow their pride when we lift the Europa League trophy.

In other Rangers news, we could be costing the rest of Scottish football a hefty sum due to an ongoing feud with the SPFL.