By Joe Ellis

6th Jul, 2022 | 11:10am

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink sees one more Rangers hurdle in Giovanni van Bronckhorst's way

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has already led Rangers to two cup finals in less than one year in charge but he still has one more hurdle to leap.

The Light Blues need to start adding more trophies to their extensive collection and just the Scottish Cup isn’t usually acceptable at Ibrox as Celtic went on to win the Premiership.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who was Holland teammates with van Bronckhorst, sees that hurdle to success as the only thing he needs to negotiate to be a hero in Glasgow.

“Rangers fans obviously want to win the league, and he wasn’t able to do that,” the Burton Albion manager said to The Sun. “For them to reach the final of a major European competition and lose on penalties is very bitter and hard to take.

“Overall, though, I think Gio is going to implement his style even more this season. “The only thing is, can you get that balance of the beautiful style and still win trophies?

“I say that because that’s what it’s about at Rangers — how many trophies can you bring in?”


Only winning the Scottish Cup would often be enough to put big pressure on the manager that could see him lose his job if the next season starts poorly but van Bronckhorst has extra credit in his pocket at the moment.

Our fabulous run to the Europa League final and only just being defeated on penalties by Eintracht Frankfurt would have been beyond most people’s wildest dreams when we saw Borussia Dortmund drawn against us in the playoff round.

But the Dutchman inspired that group to incredible results in the continental competition to put plenty of leverage on his side that he should keep his job barring a horror run of form domestically.

His biggest problem so far has been finding a way to win the crucial Old Firm derbies against Celtic with a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Parkhead and a 1-1 draw at Ibrox making a title chase difficult last term.

He did manage to earn an extra-time win in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park but that is not enough for Bears fans who expect their side to beat Celtic at every single opportunity and that is all he needs to crack now.

In other Rangers news, the club have announced a significant exit from their academy as a hotshot striker heads for the Premier League.