Rangers announcement of Giovanni van Bronckhorst sack liked on Instagram by former player
Amad Diallo liked the announcement of his former Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s sacking on Instagram on Monday.
The young winger spent the second half of last season on loan at Ibrox from Manchester United but struggled to make an impact under the Dutchman, making 13 largely substitute appearances in the league and cup while scoring three goals.
He was on the bench for the entirety of the run to the Europa League final without playing a minute, but did feature in the Scottish Cup final victory over Hearts, and appears to have indicated that he didn’t agree with how he was used in Glasgow.
Van Bronckhorst was sacked to start the week during the World Cup break (21 November), with Rangers nine points behind Celtic in the league and out of Europe in depressing fashion.
The club made an announcement of the move on their official Instagram page, and the 20-year-old pressed ‘like’ on the news.
Diallo is enjoying a more successful loan at Sunderland currently, having already far surpassed his minutes on the pitch from his time at Ibrox, with 13 English Championship appearances, three goals and an assist.
There was plenty of excitement when the Ivorian winger arrived in the January window last season, but just as with the deal to bring Aaron Ramsey to the club it didn’t really hit the heights.
He had scored early in his debut against Ross County on 29 January, suggesting he could offer a real spark, but as Rangers managed to throw away two points there to damage their title defence it was overshadowed.
The youngster was then substituted at half time of the 3-0 thrashing at Celtic Park days later and Van Bronckhorst barely played him for months afterwards, outside of the cup.
No manager can ever hope to keep every player happy, but it might have been somewhat harsh to throw a youngster who had just arrived at Ibrox into an Old Firm derby which the entire team appeared unprepared for, and then lose faith in him.
Diallo may have felt hard done by as a result, and while he obviously bears his own responsibility for his performances on the pitch, his use in Glasgow probably wasn’t overly conducive to success.
One of the complaints about the now-former manager was the way he used his squad, as he seemed overly attached to the same central cast for most of last season, despite the heavy workload in three competitions until the campaign’s end.
Had he given further opportunities to the likes of Diallo the Scottish title defence might have been different, and it seems likely the player thinks so.
Van Bronckhorst delivered a trophy and some European memories that will live on for years, but overall his domestic failings are what did for him, and the club now have a major responsibility to get his replacement right.