'Crisis club' Rangers not in as bad a state as many are making out, Van Bronckhorst needs time
Prior to the weekend round of fixtures it was a common consensus that Rangers were in a crisis before we’d even hit the first international break.
A 4-0 thrashing at the hands of fierce rivals Celtic was swiftly followed up by a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Ajax, before Napoli put three past Allan McGregor at Ibrox despite a strong performance.
Three games, three defeats, 11 goals conceded and none scored. Anyone saying it was a crisis was probably right, with Celtic pushing ahead in the title race and impressing in Europe despite defeat to Real Madrid.
But fast forward past the weekend and things really don’t seem so bad after all.
A 2-1 win over Dundee United on Saturday was followed by St Mirren causing an upset and beating Celtic 2-0 at the Paisley 2021 Stadium on Sunday, reducing their lead at the top to just two points.
The Champions League scenario doesn’t look so good, with no points and no goals from two games but anyone who watched the game against Napoli knows that 3-0 wasn’t a fair reflection of how the game went.
It’s also interesting that Celtic have seen their reputation skyrocket after losing 3-0 to Real Madrid, and then they only managed a draw when they faced off with Shakhtar Donetsk in game week two in the Champions League.
So from seven games in the Scottish Premiership Rangers have five wins, one draw and one loss, plus a win in the Scottish League Cup and two defeats from two games in the Champions League.
From the same amount of games, Celtic have six wins and one loss in the league plus a cup win and one draw in the Champions League replacing a loss.
In what world is that seen as a crisis?
People will mention the manner of the defeats but we have to be honest with ourselves. The Celtic defeat was horrendous, yes, absolutely. But it was a one off.
Ajax are just vastly superior to us all over the pitch and while 4-0 was embarrassing, it was a fair result on reflection of the performance and nobody really expected Rangers to win in Amsterdam anyway.
The international break has come at the perfect time for Rangers and Giovanni van Bronckhorst. He has a chance to re-calibrate and refocus the squad ahead of a busy month and a bit before the break for the World Cup.
If he hasn’t fixed things by then and got the players singing to a different tune, then maybe it is time to part ways and call it a day. But he deserves a chance to fix it, and there’s no reason to suggest he can’t.