Giovanni van Bronckhorst Rangers future rests of league fixture v Dundee United
Cammy Bell believes Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s future could well hinge on the outcome of his side’s Scottish Premiership fixture against Dundee United.
The Light Blues have lost their last three games and have conceded 11 goals in the process, including two catastrophic 4-0 defeats to Celtic and Ajax.
Rangers return to domestic action this weekend as they face the Terrors at Ibrox (17 September) and Bell has suggested the fixture is “massive” for the Dutchman’s long-term aspirations at Ibrox.
As quoted by the Daily Record [17 September], Bell said: “This is a massive, massive match for Giovanni van Bronckhorst and his future at Rangers.
“It’s a game they need to win but also with a good performance. The fans demand that but the players need that bit of confidence that comes off that too.
“Last season is forgotten about very quickly at a club like Rangers. They haven’t won enough games this season and suffered too many heavy defeats. That’s not acceptable at that club no matter the quality of opposition.”
Rangers don’t just need a win, the players desperately need to put on a show at Ibrox in order to display to the fans that they are still behind their manager and his way of playing football.
It was clear in their recent Champions League defeat to Napoli that they were fighting and working hard for van Bronckhorst. Had the big moments in that game gone the other way then it could’ve been a very different story on Wednesday evening.
The Gers have more than enough to get past Dundee United and anything less than a win and a convincing performance will see the Dutchman’s tenure as Rangers boss come under real threat.
More importantly, Rangers cannot afford to drop any more points in the league, with Celtic already five points clear at the top of the table.
The Light Blues must ensure that they are within touching distance of their Old Firm rivals before they meet again at Ibrox at the start of January.
A break from European football to focus on the domestic campaign may have come at a good time for van Bronckhorst and the players.