Giovanni van Bronckhorst, asked directly for the first time how he’s actually getting on as Rangers manager, and whether he’s enjoying it, has emphatically said he’s ‘loving it’.
While results on the pitch lately have been a little underwhelming and GVB has been under some pressure as boss, the Dutchman insists he’s absolutely loving life as Rangers manager and it’s a club he desperately wanted to manage, and thrives on doing so.
The resounding response was a bit of a middle finger to those who want him gone, to those who think he’s struggling and to those who appear to suggest he’s not enjoying himself as manager. We’d include ourselves as the latter here on Ibrox Noise, having observed in recent times a conviction that he didn’t look happy in his job.
But he’s denied it, completely and resolutely, stating that he’s achieving a life ambition to manage Rangers, with of course it well-documented he wants to manage all the teams he played for – he’s chalked two up, with Feyenoord then the Famous, and regardless of the abuse his spell at Feyenoord is now taking from disgruntled Rangers supporters keen to find dirt, he still had a brilliant time at the Du Kuip winning a tonne and cracking the Eredivisie for the first time in almost two decades.
No one can argue his time there was a fail, even though they try, but his UCL endeavours for Feyenoord were only fractionally better than Rangers – one win and 5 losses when he had the opportunity. In short, he really struggles with the group phase of the competition, and Feyenoord had a better squad than Rangers have this season.
But for those who think he’s struggling and wants to resign, he has another message entirely – he’s happy and he loves it at Rangers.
Of course, his predecessor said the same thing, with mockery attached, something Gio didn’t do – just answered the question respectfully and said he was loving his job and his time in Govan. We know his press performances have changed since he arrived, a lot less cryptic now and much more direct and to the point. Almost transparent.
And he now tells us a lot more, including how much he’s loving life as manager.
Hopefully that continues at McDiarmid Park.