By Sam Stone

16th Nov, 2022 | 9:40pm

Journalist slams Giovanni van Bronckhorst 'arrogance' at Rangers as sack speculation continues

Rangers Review journalist Ally Bain has suggested Giovanni van Bronckhorst has shades of “arrogance” about him as the Dutchman comes under pressure at Ibrox.

The 47-year-old has gone into the World Cup break with large portions of the Ibrox faithful now calling for his time at the club to come to an end.

Bain believes van Bronckhorst isn’t someone who is “in control” of how to turn the Light Blues’ fortunes round in the coming weeks and months.

Talking on Rangers Review (14:20, 16 November): “We are away from what we are as a club and Gio as a personality, forget him as a footballer and all the things he’s done for the club, just as a guy on a level, with his personality and character traits, is he someone who you would want to lead your club?

“I don’t think the answer would be yes.

“I think there’s sometimes an arrogance there and I don’t think that’s him trying to appear better than Rangers or Scottish football, I just think that’s him. He doesn’t command, he doesn’t strike me as someone who would say, I’ve got this or I’m in control.” 

Not convincing

It’s fair to say van Bronckhorst hasn’t been convincing in recent interviews and press appearances, with the Gers manager often quick to shift blame elsewhere before taking a look at what he could be doing wrong at Ibrox. He’s obviously a tactically astute coach, but at the moment the Light Blues need a leader who can demonstrate they have what it takes to turn things around.

Large swathes of fans are now disconnected from the Dutchman and what he is trying to achieve. It’s hard to disagree, with a number of the current crop of players evidently not playing to their full potential. We saw in the 2021/22 season a group of players who were fully behind the manager.

Something has clearly changed this season, with their performance levels dropping significantly. If a decision was going to be made, now seems like the ideal time for a new manager to come into the club and rejuvenate the Gers’ season.

A decision surely has to be made soon.

In other Rangers news, the Gers are ready to bid £5million to beat Celtic to the signing of one of their long-term targets.