By Saikat Mandal

19th Sep, 2022 | 12:40pm

Keith Jackson shares 'behind the scene' Rangers view

Keith Jackson wrote for The Daily Record column (19 September) that something is not quite right for Rangers at the moment.

The Daily Record columnist wrote that Giovanni van Bronckhorst needs to regroup and possibly look for reinforcements for the rest of the month.

The gap with Celtic is down to two points after the Bhoys lost 2-0 against St Mirren on Sunday (18 September), and Van Bronckhorst could look to make the best use at the club’s training ground this week.

“If Saturday’s 2-1 win over United bought Van Bronckhorst some badly needed breathing space then Celtic’s slip-up will have provided the Dutchman and his Rangers squad with a fresh shot of adrenaline at a moment in time when they were shaky on their feet and at their most vulnerable,” wrote Jackson for The Daily Record.

“Van Bronckhorst now has the rest of the month to regroup and look for some reinforcements to form an orderly queue and make their way back out of the treatment room. Who knows? He might even use the time to get Ben Davies up to speed while sending out a search party for the lesser spotted Kemar Roofe who has only been seen on social media since the season began.

“That Van Bronckhorst seems either unable or unwilling to say when the likes of Davies, Roofe, John Souttar and Filip Helander might be available for selection again adds to the feeling that things are not quite right behind the scenes at Auchenhowie. As, for that matter, does the club’s continued silence over the contract negotiations with the likes of Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos.”


The Bears bounced back to winning ways last week after winning 2-1 against Dundee United.

They suffered three games in a row, prior to that including two defeats in the Champions League, and the Dutchman was under tremendous pressure.

However, Celtic’s defeat has given Rangers breathing space, and they are now firmly back in the race once again.

That being said, the Gers need to sort out some of their own problems. Kemar Roofe was linked with an exit during the summer, but any potential move didn’t materialise.

He has become a fringe player at the club, and Van Bronckhorst must find a way to integrate him.

Likewise, Ben Davies, who joined in the summer transfer window from Liverpool, hasn’t played much.

Surely, he must be in Van Bronckhorst’s long-term plans, otherwise why the club would sign him? But, the Dutchman needs to work with him in training, and the international break could be ideal for improving his fitness and other stuff.

In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson is raging at this “spectacular failure” at Ibrox.