By Saikat Mandal

25th Sep, 2022 | 12:40pm

Sir Kenny Dalglish backs Van Bronckhorst for Rangers job

Sir Kenny Dalglish has suggested that it was “grossly unfair” to even come up with a suggestion that Rangers should sack Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The Bears have made a stuttering start to the season, and the pressure mounted on the Dutchman after three straight defeats, including two in the Champions League.

Van Bronckhorst took the Bears to the Europa League final last season, and Dalglish has backed the Dutchman to continue at Ibrox.

“Across the city, Giovanni finished the first part of the campaign on a high after the win against Dundee United,” wrote Dalglish for The Sunday Post (25 September, page 16).

“That would have felt even sweeter after Celtic felt loss at St Mirren. 

“It would have stemmed the flow of criticism that was questioning the Dutchman’s credentials for the being the Ibrox manager. 

“It seems a section of Rangers supporters felt Giovanni should have been removed from his post after the heavy defeats to Celtic, Ajax and Napoli. For me, that is grossly unfair.”

Spot on

Dalglish is absolutely right here. 

The Bears had a tough summer transfer window. They lost couple of key players, and an argument can be made that they have not replaced them adequately. 

It was always to take some time for new players to get going. 

That doesn’t take away from the fact that the Gers were pathetic against Celtic. The 4-0 defeat was inexcusable, and the result must have hurt them badly. 

The defeats in the Champions League were expected. The Gers were left chasing shadows against Ajax, but the performance was much better in the 3-0 against Napoli. 

There were some suggestions that the Dutchman is under pressure and that he could lose the job.   However, that would have been a disaster. 

Van Bronckhorst took this squad to the finals of the Europa League last season. There is still a lot of work left to be done, but the title race is not over yet. 

Celtic are only two points ahead, and the gap can be easily closed. 

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