By Doug Ward

4th Sep, 2022 | 11:33am

Giovanni van Bronckhorst now fighting for his job at Rangers after 4-0 defeat v Celtic, 'he's toast'

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is fighting for his job at Rangers after the humiliating 4-0 defeat at Celtic on Saturday, according to Scottish Mail on Sunday journalist Gary Keown.

Rangers’ Scottish Premiership title hopes already look to be in tatters with Celtic, who have a 100 per cent record, already five points clear of the 2021/22 Europa League finalists.

Writing for the Scottish Mail on Sunday on 4 September (page 146), Keown suggested that van Bronckhorst’s poor domestic form this season has already started to overshadow his achievements in Europe.

“He is back under pressure now all right. Make no mistake about it. It might just be the madness and chaos of the Scottish football environment mentioned earlier, but the run to the Europa League final that raised his status so grealty among his own supporters counts for nothing now,” said Keown.

“Even getting past PSV Eindhoven to reach European football’s top tournament last month has lost a fair bit of its sheen.”

Keown added: “Van Bronckhorst went into the match stating he was ‘more than happy’ with his squad and of the view that there was no one out there capable of improving it.

“He should again, like a mouthpiece for those above him. And if that’s the way he truly feels now, he’s toast.”

Pressure is on

Van Bronckhorst isn’t the only man to blame for the downturn in our form in the Scottish Premiership.

The rot set in when Steven Gerrard was still at the club but the Dutchman simply hasn’t been able to fix it.

It’s mainly down to recruitment.

Going far in Europe last season masked over major issues within this squad.

Are players like Allan McGregor, Jon McLaughlin, Borna Barisic, Ryan Jack, Steven Davis, Scott Arfield, Scott Wright, Fashion Sakala, Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent fit for purpose at Ibrox anymore?

It feels as though all of them have either outstayed their welcome or just haven’t been that great since arriving in Govan.

It still defies logic that the club saw McGregor’s regression in form, offered him a new contract and then made the goalkeeper who wasn’t good enough to properly replace him last season to replace him for this season.

What on earth is going on there?

This squad has needed an overhaul for two consecutive summers now and there have only been a small smattering of good signings by Wilson.

Celtic have won the league already. It’s 4 September and it’s over.

All we can hope for is to play in European football after Christmas and win the two cup competitions now and maybe drum up some interest in the deadwood in the summer.

In other Rangers news, ex-SFA officials have reacted on Twitter to a controversial incident at Ibrox.