By Saikat Mandal

22nd Nov, 2022 | 4:10pm

Keith Jackson hits back at Rangers board as next manager search underway

Rangers finally sacked Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Monday (21 November), and Keith Jackson has suggested that it should have been done a lot earlier.

The Daily Record columnist has slammed Ross Wilson and vice-chairman John Bennett for their poor professional judgment and suggested that it is already a major “concern” for whoever is next in line seat in the Ibrox dugout.

After “serious miscalculations” made by those who are supposed to oversee the club’s recruitment policy, doubts have been raised about if they would be able to land the right candidate.

“If the Dutch camp are correct about Wilson’s misgivings then that does call his professional judgement into question, which in itself ought to be a considerable concern for whoever is next in line for a seat in the Ibrox dugout,” wrote Jackson.

“Because if there are serious miscalculations being made by those entrusted with overseeing the club’s recruitment policy then the new man might be up against it before he’s even started.

“And this is where Van Bronckhorst probably deserves to be cut a little slack, even if it was his own error-strewn decision-making which ultimately cost him his job. It was only a few months ago, after all, when vice chairman John Bennett boasted Van Bronckhorst was in charge of the strongest Rangers squad in all of his time as a director.

“If Bennett truly believes that to be the case then it’s a further sign that a dangerous sense of delusion has taken hold at the top of the old staircase. Because anyone who thinks Rangers are in any way better off without the combined talents of Nathan Patterson, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey doesn’t belong anywhere near the club’s nerve centre.”

Spot on

Jackson is absolutely spot on here. The decision to sack Van Bronckhorst should have been made a lot earlier, and why the club dithered for so long is beyond belief. 

The present board waited to see Rangers trail behind Celtic by nine points before pulling the trigger. It was clearly visible that the football being was lacklustre, one that lacked imagination. 

It took them so long to figure it out that it’s not working at the moment under the Dutchman. Van Bronckhorst did really well last season, but that’s hardly an excuse for the present mess at the moment. 

The next part is the hardest one, which is to appoint the right candidate. A host of names have come into consideration, and the club is likely to assess every possible option before making the final short-list. 

At least, they have made the decision within the World Cup, which means they will get time to interview a lot of managers before appointing someone. It should be done before the New Year. 

In other Rangers news, the latest Ibrox conspiracy theory drummed up by Celtic fans is ridiculed by Gordon Parks