By Azeem Siddiqui

5th Aug, 2022 | 9:45pm

Giovanni van Bronckhorst expresses ‘disappointment’ with Rangers horror show against Union SG

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is optimistic that Rangers will start the process of turning around their UEFA Champions League qualifier horror show in their match against Kilmarnock.

The Gers suffered a shocking 2-0 defeat in the first leg of the qualifier on Tuesday against Union SG which left their hopes of playing in Europe’s elite competition hanging by a thread.  

Van Bronckhorst, while talking to the media on Friday as quoted by Rangers Review revealed there was a sense of disappointment amongst the players and management after the defeat.

“The first emotion I had was disappointing,” he said.

“After the game when I watched it back and we analysed it with the players, we all felt the same – disappointed in our performance. The desire and the hunger to turn it around starts tomorrow against Kilmarnock.”

Shocking

Those words are enough to describe what kind of a performance it was from the Rangers who ended the match as favourites but end the night without having a shot on target.

Many would claim that was down to the absence of players like Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent but its hard to imagine how much they would’ve improved that performance considering the remaining nine players would’ve been the same.

It is imperative that Van Bronckhorst will do all in his power to turn the tie around and book a place in the next round because another exit from the Champions League qualifying stage would be nothing short of a disaster, not just in terms of the stature of the club but also in terms of the finances.

The good news for the Gers is that they will go up against a team with whom they have a great record. In the last six meetings between the clubs, Rangers emerged victorious on five occasions and therefore, the fans will be hoping for a breath of fresh air in the match on Saturday.

In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson now has names lined up just in case Alfredo Morelos seals his exit this summer