Hugh MacDonald: Giovanni van Bronckhorst faces Rangers tipping point
Glasgow Times journalist Hugh MacDonald believes anything less than a win against Aberdeen could well see Rangers reach a “tipping point” under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Rangers travel to Naples on Wednesday to face a rampant Napoli side who are beating everyone in their path both in the Serie A and in the Champions League.
MacDonald believes the Dutchman would be content with a heavy loss in Italy, as long as his side picks up a convincing three points against the Dons.
Talking on the PLZ Football show (25:25, 25 October), he said: “What you’ve got at the moment is a lot of Rangers supporters saying enough is enough. I think tomorrow is just full of peril for them, it’s just full of danger.
“On the back of that, you’ve got a well-drilled Aberdeen side coming down, who may be sniffing blood and have had a week’s rest. I think van Bronckhorst says I get beat two, three maybe even four in Naples, but win 2-0 against Aberdeen, that’s a good week.
“Anything less than that and I think it’s a tipping point.”
Very little has come from the Rangers’ board when it comes to the Dutchman’s future at the club, but surely there must be a growing feeling that this week could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Napoli has been written off by most, and a loss will be expected by everyone involved with the Gers.
However, if this group of players put in another performance which is similar to their previous two domestic displays against Aberdeen, then he could well be staring down the barrel. The win at Motherwell was far from convincing and the Light Blues were extremely lucky to get a point against Livingston.
Something clearly isn’t right at the moment. Rangers are still very much in with a shout domestically this season and with an extended run of form, they should be able to challenge Celtic. However, it’s really hard to see how this team gain any momentum with van Bronckhorst’s current methods. Another disappointing week could see a significant decision made.
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