Van Bronckhorst Sacked by Rangers | ‘Results haven’t met expectations’

Van Bronckhorst Sacked by Rangers | 'Results haven't met expectations'

The Scottish Cup was won by Rangers and under Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, they got to the Europa league final last season. The Rangers were led by the Dutchman into the Champions league group stage this season. However, they lost all six group stage games. Celtic is 9 points ahead of the Ibrox side in the Scottish Premiership.

In Scottish Premiership, Rangers are 9 points behind leaders Celtic and have also endured a sobering Champions League Campaign which has seen the club lose all of the six group stage matches, a run in which a 7-1 hammering by Liverpool at home was included. 

It is quite understood that no decision has been made on the future of the backroom team of Rangers. 

Last November, Roy Makaay, Yori Bosschaart, Dave Bos and Arno Philips all joined a long side Van bronckhorst while Ceri Bowley, the former City Football Group coach arrived in the summer.

However, similar to previous managerial changes at Ibrox, those who arrived with the Dutchman are expected to depart.

A three and a half year deal was signed by Can Bronckhorst for replacing Steven Gerrard last November and he became one of the shortest serving permanent managers in the history of the club, with only Paul Le Guen and Pedro Caixinha departing sooner. 

With the next game of the Rangers against Hibernian on December 15 at Ibrox, the Scottish Premiership is now on hold for the World Cup.


“Rangers football club confirms today it has parted company with manager Geovani Van Bronckhorst. The board would like to put on record sincere thanks to Gio for all his efforts since his appointment as manager”, read the statement of a Ranger.

“Arriving at the club over a year later, Gio led the club to a fifth European final and won the Scottish Cup last may. He also led the team to the club’s first Champions League qualifications in 12 years.”

“Unfortunately, results and performances over recent months haven’t met expectations and the decision was made today by the board to terminate the contract of the manager.”

“The search for the new manager is now underway.” 

Douglas Park, the chairman said : “I want to thank Gio for the hard work he has put in over the last 12 months and especially, the achievements of taking the club to the Europa League final and winning the Scottish cup last season.”

“Unfortunately, recent results have not met neither our nor Gio’s expectations and we have taken this difficult decision today. Everyone at Rangers wishes Gio every success in the future.”


Miller said, “I’m surprised it has taken a little bit longer than maybe people thought after they dropped points at St. Mirren last Saturday, but I’m not surprised based on the results and the fact Rangers are 9 points behind Celtic in the Premiership Table.”

“I think injuries to some key players were huge losses to the team and particularly Connor Goldson; when you look at the Rangers defence at the moment, you’ve been giving up goals and it has been a really inexperienced centre back pairing.” 

“I feel the recruitment that was done in the summer has not really come to fruition as yet. Maybe there’s a bit of development required with these signings, but again, settling into a new city at a new football club where there are a lot of demands.”

“But the fact you’re sat 9 points behind Celtic after 15 games doesn’t make for good reading. Yes, there have been circumstances around the decision that have not helped Gio but I think it might be the right decision moving forward.”

Bullet points:

  • The Dutchman led the Rangers into the group stage of the Champions League this season.
  • However, they lost each of their six group stage matches.
  • The Ibrox team trails Celtic in the Scottish Premiership by nine points.
  • In the Scottish Premiership, Rangers sits 9 points behind league-leading Celtic.
  • It is obvious that no decision has been made regarding the future of the Rangers’ backroom staff.
  • To replace Steven Gerrard, Can Bronckhorst committed to a 3.5 year contract in November.
  • As the club’s permanent manager, he ultimately had one of the shortest tenures.
  • The Scottish Premiership has been suspended for the World Cup.
  • Gio led the squad to their fifth European final in May after winning the Scottish Cup.

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