By Joe Ellis

24th Jun, 2022 | 11:10pm

Giovanni van Bronckhorst right man to keep Rangers momentum going

He may not have guided Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title but Giovanni van Bronckhorst has had an impressive start to his stint as boss.

The Dutchman instead led the Light Blues to lift the Scottish Cup and reach the Europa League final against all odds and that remarkable run against some of Europe’s top teams has seen the Gers rapidly rise in the UEFA coefficient rankings.

According to data collected by Swiss Football Data, Rangers sit second among all clubs in Europe for coefficient points gained in the past four years.

Only Dutch champions Ajax, who reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2019, have more coefficient points gained over the same period of time but that still doesn’t tell the whole story.

Rangers as a club were still trying to restore itself in Scottish domestic football at that stage let alone compete on the European stage so to go from that to European finalists is a remarkable achievement.

You could argue that Steven Gerrard did a lot of that work before he left Ibrox to join Aston Villa but van Bronckhorst has come in and accelerated the process enormously.

We would not be anywhere near the top of this list had he not guided us through a very tough knockout stage, getting us past the likes of Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig before an agonising penalty loss against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Even though we haven’t got the Premiership trophy in our hands, van Bronckhorst is still the right man to try and regain our crown next season and we could even go on another mazy European run too.

We are slowly returning to our traditional selves and once we get there, the world had better watch out because we will strike fear into any club at our best.

In other Rangers news, despite interest, there has been no contact between ourselves and this European club over a potential new striker signing.