Giovanni van Bronckhorst sack talk is "ridiculous" but Napoli game could be turning point - Chris Sutton
Chris Sutton has weighed in on whether or not Giovanni van Bronckhorst deserves to be sacked after Rangers suffered two heavy defeats.
Speaking on BBC Sounds The Monday Night Club, Sutton claimed that Gers fans wanted the club to invest more in new talents to compete with Europe’s best in the UEFA Champions League.
Nevertheless, the failure to do so has led to Wednesday evening’s clash with Napoli to be a decisive one.
It’s been a damming few weeks for the Rangers boss and for the first time during his tenure at Ibrox his leadership has come under scrutiny, with Sutton calling that “ridiculous”.
“People I know from the Rangers side saying were saying well if Rangers lost that game to Aberdeen at the weekend then the fans would really turn on Van Bronkhorst and be calling for his sacking,” he said.
“But come on, that’s absolutely ridiculous, on the basis that this is a guy who actually a couple of weeks back beat PSV gets Rangers into the Champions League group stage, last season is in the Europa final.
“The issue will be if they get beat by Napoli, the support will turn.”
Football is a cruel business
No matter the opposition, Ibrox needs to be bouncing tomorrow night and give Gers every chance at getting their season and UEFA Champions League campaign back on track.
If there is any time and place to get a massive reaction from the team, it’s Wednesday evening and this ultimately falls on the shoulders of Van Bronkhorst to do so.
There’s no doubt that Napoli will be tough, they embarrassed Liverpool in Naples last week and could be the competition’s dark horses this season.
Regardless of the result, fans want to see the team show the desire and heart that got them to the Europa League final last season; something which has been none apparent in recent outings.
It’s clear Van Bronkhorst hasn’t been given the funds to reinvent the squad to compete on a grander stage, although he has stated many times that he was happy with his squad depth heading into the new season. [Sky Sports].
With pressure mounting, another big defeat tomorrow night could spell the end for the Dutchman – football is a cruel business but investing to compete at the top is a must in the modern game.
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