Rangers today face the Dons in what may be Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s final match as boss if he’s unable to produce a convincing performance and three points.
Jim Goodwin’s men come to Ibrox on the back of some excellent form, with 4 wins of the last 5 and 3 in a row, so there’s no question their current third-place standing is merited, but of course Rangers have dispatched two teams in third place in recent weeks in Hearts and St Mirren so this isn’t uncharted territory.
However, that horror draw v Livi has definitely dented the mood, after domestic form had been a bit of a fillip to the awful UCL campaign, and Goodwin has the players and the results lately to do some damage at Ibrox.
Is Gio’s job under threat? Absolutely – there’s been rumours swirling for a long time which seeded after the Hibs match, and the Ajax statement to the press cemented them. Make no mistake, Giovanni van Bronckhorst is under pressure and probably one season-defining bad result away from an Ibrox exit.
We see managers being fired all the time, his predecessor only recently bit the bullet at Villa the other day for simply not having the ability to turn results around. And Gio’s results this season just haven’t been up to it.
This is not us endorsing his axing, it’s just being honest – we don’t want a good man to lose his job, a good Rangers man at that, but unfortunately you will always be measured on your results at Rangers, and he’s drawn two and lost one in the league already, meaning a four-point gap. Which, at this stage of the season, is deeply concerning because Celtic keep on scraping unjustified wins.
And the UCL campaign has been an actual disaster – had Rangers not been in the UCL, Celtic’s diabolical campaign would have been the focus but due to Rangers’ dismal stretch it’s hardly been touched upon.
All these things added up mean Gio’s job is on the line, and a win v Dons is 100% critical to at least keep him in the hotseat for a little longer. A draw, or worse, will probably see both parties go their separate ways.
Time will tell.