By Azeem Siddiqui

12th Sep, 2022 | 8:40pm

Kris Commons lambasts Giovanni van Bronckhorst for comments after Rangers defeat v Ajax

Kris Commons has lambasted Giovanni van Bronckhorst for his comments after Rangers suffered a heavy defeat against Ajax.

The Gers were at the receiving end of a heavy defeat in their UEFA Champions League opener against the reigning Dutch champions last week as they lost 4-0.

Writing in his latest column for the Scottish Daily Mail print edition (12 September, Page 76), Commons was of the opinion that Van Bronckhorst’s words after the defeat were more painful.

“The alarm bells are beginning to ring for Rangers,” he wrote. “Two pitiful 4-0 defeats in a matter of days have posed serious questions of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s future as manager.

“But, even beyond the results against Celtic and Ajax, it was his comments after the Champions League defeat in Amsterdam which will have angered fans most of all.

“Supporters won’t be impressed to hear their manager claiming that the team can’t compete at that level. It’s nothing more than a convenient excuse.

“Yes, I understand that Ajax are a big club and they played some excellent football on the night. But they’re not a Real Madrid, a Man City, a Liverpool, a Chelsea or a Bayern Munich.

“They are not among the true financial superpowers of European football. They are just a very well-run club with a clear idea of what they’re doing on and off the pitch.

“I didn’t hear much talk of budgets and financial gaps from Dinamo Zagreb when they beat a Chelsea side who spent over £250million in the summer.

“It showed a defeatist attitude from van Bronckhorst to use the excuse of money. A well-coached and well-motivated team can always compete.

“Also alarming was how much the match in Amsterdam was just a continuation of what happened at Celtic Park. There was no reaction whatsoever from the Rangers players.”

Reaction needed

Rangers entered the campaign hoping to produce a better show than they did last time around where they finished as the runners-up in the Europa League and also won the Scottish Cup.

This season started in a manner where things were looking rosy for the Gers as they qualified for the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition after an absence of more than 10 years.

But one terrible week of football, in which they first suffered a crushing defeat against rivals Celtic in the first Old Firm derby of the 2022-23 campaign and later in the Champions League against Ajax, turned everything around.

What’s more alarming for the fans would be the performance of the players who never looked like competing against Ajax or Celtic.

They were slow and short of ideas, something Van Bronckhorst needs to take responsibility for.

Therefore, it is now his duty to ensure that the players will be able to show some kind of reaction to those results and produce much better performances in the matches to come.

In other Rangers news, despite a late decision to deny away fans access to Ibrox for the Champions League tie against Napoli, some fans have already made their way to Glasgow.