Rangers boss acknowledges anger over team performance | Football


Rangers manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst talks to the media ahead of Rangers’ match against Hearts (Picture: Shutterstock)

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst admits he is aware of supporters’ anger over recent performances, saying ‘he doesn’t live in a basement’ – as the Rangers boss revealed he hasn’t had any talks with the board about his future.

The shock 2-1 defeat by St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Sunday meant the Light Blues have lost five points from their last nine and sit seven points behind Celtic at the top of the cinch Premiership.

The Govan outfit claimed an unwanted Champions League record when they lost 3-1 to Ajax at Ibrox last midweek, leaving them with six straight Group A defeats and a goal difference of minus 20, which has added to the ire of disgruntled fans.

Ahead of tonight’s home game against Hearts, the Dutchman said: ‘I speak to Ross (Wilson, sporting director) every day. They haven’t discussed my position at all.

‘We know how the situation is, we need to add wins, that is all that matters but I didn’t get any timeline or like “you have to do this or else”, no I didn’t have any discussions like that with the board.’

The former Rangers player is aware of the growing clamour from the Gers supporters for him to be replaced.

James Tavernier

Rangers captain James Tavernier denied there was a crisis at the club (Picture: Shutterstock)

‘It’s hard not to be aware of it, I don’t live in a basement,’ said van Bronckhorst, who has added Fashion Sakala to his lengthy list of injured players after the winger picked up a muscle injury in Perth.

‘You don’t want to disappoint anything you love. I love Rangers. It is quite disappointing for me to disappoint the fans. I am trying to reverse that feeling.
‘No manager is safe if he’s not winning games.’

The Gers boss is adamant his side can wrestle the title back from Celtic. He said: ‘Of course I can turn it around, otherwise, I am not here. Anything can change. Last season, we had a six-point lead and it changed by the end of the season.

‘It’s football, you have difficult moments during the season and you have to come out of it quickly and get points. The most important thing is to win tomorrow.’

Skipper James Tavernier insists there is ‘definitely not a crisis’ at the club as he claimed belief is still intact at Ibrox.

The full-back (left), confronted by Gers fans in Perth, said: ‘There’s still a lot more games to go. It would be criminal for us as a team to think it’s all over at this stage of the season. We’re only going to get better.

‘We’re going to get injured players back into the team, especially after the break and we know we’ve got performances in us. It’s about us delivering.’

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