By Doug Ward

17th Nov, 2022 | 8:30am

It’s been five days since Rangers’ 1-1 draw with St Mirren saw them fall nine points behind Celtic in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.

That’s five days wasted with Giovanni van Bronckhorst still as the manager.

While Celtic are in Australia getting ready to play a series of friendly matches, van Bronckhorst is on holiday with his family [Daily Record], the unfit and misfiring Alfredo Morelos is on a beach in Colombia and the board are twiddling their thumbs over what to do next.

Is it not obvious?

It’s mid-November and we’re out of the title race

We’re also out of Europe after a disastrous Champions League campaign that will go down in history as the worst one ever.

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And while the Gers still have the chance of winning the Scottish League Cup and Scottish FA Cup, we’re kidding ourselves if we think that winning either or both of those competitions is good enough.

Van Bronckhorst has had a lot of bad luck with injuries and the board have hardly helped him out in terms of recruitment.

However, in a year at Ibrox, the Dutchman has seen an overall regression and his defeatist attitude is bound to be having a negative impact on the squad as a whole.

Even if we did have a fully fit squad, do you really think we’d be any closer to Celtic or would have avoided embarrassment in the Champions League?

It would be costly to sack van Bronckhorst, admittedly.

According to The 4th Official, it’ll cost £3.6million to terminate his contract and is likely to cost another £1million to sack off his team of assistants.

But that’s a small price to pay when you consider the fact Ross Wilson was happy to splash a similar amount on Ridvan Yilmaz – a player he didn’t bother to check whether the manager would be keen on playing.

We know there’s money in the bank – there has to be.

There’s got to be enough there to sack off this manager and bring in someone who will at least stand a chance of overseeing an improvement after the break.

Van Bronckhorst is owed some down-time but the fact he and one of his most frustrating players are known to be on holiday while league-leading Celtic are training in the Australian sun is rubbing salt in the wounds.

The board was clearly planning for the Rangers squad to be in Australia too before they pulled the plug on that embarrassing decision. Why didn’t they bother planning something else for this period?

We’re five days into the World Cup break now and the lack of movement is eating away at a vital period where we could be getting someone new in.

In other Rangers news, van Bronckhorst has been involved in a bust-up with a senior player.