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Rangers sack Giovanni Van Bronckhorst after one year in charge

Giovanni van Bronckhorst, manager of Rangers gestures on the side line during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Heart of Midlothian at on November 09, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers have sacked manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst after some disappointing results this season.

The 47-year-old joined Rangers last November after Steven Gerrard left to join Aston Villa.

The former Dutch national team captain led the team to a Scottish Cup title and a Europa League final in his first campaign.

However, Bronckhorst has been unable to inspire consistency in his men this term. Rangers have fallen off the pace in the Scottish Premiership title race.

Rangers are nine points behind Celtic. They suffered two draws and a defeat in their last five games before the World Cup break.

They were abysmal in Europe, losing all their six Champions League games, including a 7-1 thrashing by Liverpool.

They are the first Scottish team to lose all six group-stage games in the competition, conceding 22 goals. These poor results piled pressure on Bronckhorst.

The club released a statement on Monday morning saying: “Rangers Football Club confirms today it has parted company with manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

“The board would like to put on record sincere thanks to Gio for all his efforts since his appointment as manager.

“Arriving at the club just over a year ago, 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 qualification 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.”

Bronckhorst, who played for Rangers 20 years ago, is the third shortest-serving permanent manager in the club’s history. Only Pedro Caixinha and Paul Le Guen left the club earlier.

Rangers have the next three weeks of the 2022 World Cup break to search for a new manager.

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