Giovanni van Bronckhorst was today on the verge of the sack after yet another horror show from his Rangers men as the side fell at St Johnstone in a disappointing result which leaves the side now 7 points trailing behind Celtic.
With 56 now close to evaporating and November barely underway, the pressure on Gio is now overwhelming, and fan-feeling has entirely lost all goodwill for the Dutch manager, who has demonstrated inability to cope in the UCL, and now, at a typically fertile stomping ground in the form of McDiarmid for Rangers.
GVB never won fans over and appealed in the way Steven Gerrard did, with goodwill towards the Liverpool boss lasting for well over three years, two years of nothing before 55 which still saw fan favour well and truly on his side.
But not even a European final and Scottish Cup ever won the majority of Rangers fans over in Gio’s case, and today’s appalling result in Perth will have done nothing to strengthen Gio’s case in their eyes, with the majority now very much losing all patience with Rangers’ manager.
Are they right? Injuries haven’t helped, but neither has the form of so many of the players, with untouchable Tav once again a major cause of yet more conceded goals. His immunity as much as anything else could see the boss lose his job, with that 7 point gap already looking rather unassailable.
It’s disappointing – Gio is a good man, a good Rangers man at that, but appears unable to turn this around, and doesn’t have the answers when asked either. While losing most of his squad through injury isn’t helping, his tactics clearly don’t work either, and end of the day, it’s a results-driven business.
We can’t see him being in the job by Monday, if we’re honest. And it’s a shame, because he’s likable, he’s one of us, and he tries his best. But too many decisions he’s made (and had made for him) just haven’t worked, and Rangers are now a complete mess, failing in Europe and now domestically too.
Any way back? We can’t see that either, it looks end of the line for Gio now.