Rangers’ Champions League campaign was doomed from the start, and here’s proof

Rangers’ Champions League campaign was doomed from the start, and here’s proof
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Rangers captain James Tavernier applauds the fans during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Rangers FC and AFC Ajax at Ibrox Stadium on November 01, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A lot of Rangers fans looking at the dire UCL campaign blame injuries, the summer window and Giovanni van Bronckhorst for this, with the latter mentioned in desperation ‘because of Seville, we beat Borussia for goodness sake’.

However something keeps being overlooked by many supporters, something Ibrox Noise warned you all about months ago. And what is that?

GVB is absolutely shocking in the UCL, and was the same for Feyenoord albeit he lost a few of his key players that summer – sound familiar?

Eljero Elia, Rick Karsdorp, Terence Kongolo and Dirk Kuyt were pivotal to Feyenoord’s title win that previous season, and three left while one retired. Gio did bring in Berghuis among others but the following season was diabolical both domestically and in Europe, with Feyenoord’s UCL campaign an absolute atrocity.

Shockingly, Gio began with a 2-1 win over Napoli (yes, them) at the Du Kuip… and that was as good as it got. Thereafter Feyenoord scored only four more goals, conceding 13 and crashing to bottom of their group. With a better squad than he had at Rangers (no major injury concerns) he still didn’t have a clue how to handle football at that level.

When it comes to UCL failure, Gio learned very little in his first attempt with Feyenoord, and not only repeated all the same errors, but made new ones too at Rangers.

Gio went from UCL failure of 5 goals, one win, and 13 shipped, to double UCL failure with 2 goals, 0 wins, and 22 shipped. Quite simply Giovanni is as bad in the UCL as Steven Gerrard is in the PL. He doesn’t know how to compete at that level, and let’s not make transfer excuses the only reason, given that past history with his former Dutch charges.

No, he’s a good Rangers man, but our UCL campaign with him in charge was doomed from the start.

As for UEL? How did he do at Feyenoord there? Terrible. Two wins of 5. Both at home. So he definitely improved at that level at Rangers, but the step up to UCL has been too much twice for him.

Fact speak louder than anything else here.

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