The fallout from Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers sacking continues with two revelations about his time in Govan, and neither of them are good.
First of all, sources close to GVB claim he was gutted and undermined by the board’s decision to host Michael Beale at the Aberdeen match. Rangers won comfortably but the ex-boss believes it was an omen of intent from the suits, and he felt he extremely disappointed to see the man as a guest of the club, considering it something of a mild insult.
Secondly, with Jordan Campbell’s claims about insurrection from senior players still smarting, it’s beginning to look like the injury ‘crisis’ was a complete fraud, and the bulk of the players were simply avoiding the club and manager, by exaggerating injury issues in order to get out of playing.
The first one is bad enough, to think that the board deliberately and systematically invited a former Rangers coach up, a coach who was being linked with the job in event of Gio being fired, but the second one makes many of the players look even worse than they already do.
There is no doubt the injury blight was uncommon and barely plausible, and many theories online suggested this might be major attitude issues and exaggeration. If Campbell is right about the summer’s insurrection, then this theory may hold some water with certain players just not playing ball under the-now former regime.
As for Beale, well, with the club now heavily invested it seems in bringing Beale to Ibrox, we must admit his presence at the club was clearly exactly the same as Gerrard’s all those years ago just before he was appointed.
It was certainly underhand, and didn’t exactly look good for the existing manager, who was dealing, it seems, with senior players not respecting him and half the squad faking injuries to get out of playing.
So, Tuesday night and the fallout continues from Rangers sacking Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
We can expect this one to run for a long time yet, with an inescapable feeling Gio was treated absolutely terribly at Rangers by both the board and his squad.