Rangers recruitment slammed as Sky pundit tears into 'false dawns' at Ibrox
Rangers have endured a terrible couple of weeks on the pitch and the criticism is raining down on Ibrox from all angles at the moment.
Wednesday evening’s 3-0 home defeat to Napoli saw fans stream out of the stadium before the final whistle blew on an emotional night in Glasgow with the dissatisfaction obvious.
Sky Sports pundit Craig Moore has torn into the recruitment from the Light Blues over the summer which has not come off as they may have intended.
“Too many times this season there’s been false dawns, there’s been hope of turning a corner with a better performance, but it hasn’t been backed up,” he told Sky Sports.
“A lot of fans are frustrated, there’s no doubt about that, they’re scratching their heads. Recruitment seems to be an issue – of the seven players to come in this season, two are injured and five were on the bench last night, not even starting! It’s a strange situation with maybe something happening behind the scenes that we aren’t 100 per cent on.
“The strange thing is, like I said, is that to be successful everybody needs to be on the same page, there’s no doubt about that. Even Leon King, who I think is a great young talent, and gets his opportunity last night – but you’ve got a £4m defender in Ben Davies on the bench last night.”
Ross Wilson and co in the boardroom at Ibrox might be having some very important conversations about the last couple of weeks because it cannot continue for much longer.
11 goals conceded without reply in three very big games is far from acceptable for any Rangers side and Giovanni van Bronckhorst could well be under pressure from the hierarchy as a result.
He hasn’t had many problems in being able to beat the smaller clubs in Scotland but it is never in those games where the title is won and lost.
The Dutchman has not found a way to best Ange Postecoglu and Celtic and he cannot expect to lead the Gers to glory in Scotland until he does because the Hoops don’t look like losing against anyone else any time soon.
If this poor form in Europe also bleeds into games against the lesser sides of the Premiership, van Bronckhorst’s time at the helm will be extremely short-lived.