By Sean Fisher

26th Sep, 2022 | 7:40am

Rangers are too 'wary' to dismantle Steven Gerrard's title-winning squad, claims journalist

Journalist Dean Jones insists Rangers should be allowing Giovanni van Bronckhorst to make serious changes to Steven Gerrard’s title-winning side.

Van Bronckhorst inherited a title-winning squad at Ibrox and was tasked with once again fending Celtic off in the Scottish Premiership.

After seven games, the Gers sit just two points off their Glasgow rivals in the league, but Van Bronckhorst finds his job under immense pressure after a number of disappointing performances both domestically and in Europe.

Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones believes that to truly challenge Celtic, Rangers must allow Van Bronckhorst to dismantle Gerrard’s old squad and reconstruct it with his players.

“It’s a difficult situation because Rangers built something under Gerrard and would have been wary of ripping it apart initially,” said the former Eurosport and Bleacher Report journalist.

“I can understand why they are in this position, but I’m sure they now realise some changes are going to be needed soon.”

Backing the manager

To be fair, Van Bronckhorst was considerably backed in the summer. The Dutch manager was given the green light by Rangers to bring in a handful of his own players.

His signings have experienced varying levels of success. On one hand, Antonio Colak looks to be a real coup for just £2.25million, while in contrast the £4million spent on centre-back Ben Davies looks to have gone to waste.

On top of that, Ridvan Yilmaz and Rabbi Matondo also arrived at Ibrox for fees under GvB’s recommendation, and a trio of free transfers also came through the doors in the summer.

Overall, it was a considerable show of faith by the Rangers board, and one that shows Van Bronckhorst was definitely allowed to impact the squad as he pleased.

There’s no excuses on the transfer front – fingers have to be pointed at his tactics. Rangers’ poor season isn’t down to personnel, it’s down to Van Bronckhorst’s tactical naivety and poor decisions.

There’s still plenty of time for him to turn it around, and there’s still just two points separating his team from Celtic. But blame cannot lie with the club’s backing in the transfer window.

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