Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst will already be ‘under pressure’

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst will already be ‘under pressure’ due to the expectations of the club, according to Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge.

The Glasgow giants have got off to an indifferent start under their new boss and will be hoping to turn things around in time to reclaim their Scottish Premiership crown.

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Last season, Rangers claimed their first top-flight title in 10 years, ending Celtic’s dominance in emphatic fashion by finishing a whopping 25 points above their city rivals while remaining unbeaten.

And their league defence got off to a solid start under the tutelage of former leader Steven Gerrard, with the Gers opening up a four-point gap over the Hoops by mid-November.

However, Gerrard’s sudden departure for Premier League outfit Aston Villa sparked a swing at the top of the table, allowing Celtic to take control of proceedings.

Under Van Bronckhorst, Rangers won their first seven Scottish Premiership fixtures in a row before encountering some serious problems with their form on the road.

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The reigning champions are currently without a win in their last four league games on the road after being held to draws by Aberdeen, Ross County and Dundee United.

Yet it was the humiliating 3-0 defeat at the hands of Celtic in the second Old Firm derby that has really piled the pressure on Van Bronckhorst, meaning a return to winning ways is needed sooner rather than later.

What has Bridge said about Van Bronckhorst?

Rangers secured a memorable result against Borussia Dortmund in the first-leg of their Europa League last-32 play-off tie last week, running out 4-2 victors at the Signal Iduna Park.

Nevertheless, it’s their domestic form that Van Bronckhorst will really be judged on, and Bridge believes the Dutch tactician is already under the spotlight.

In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, he said: “I mean, he will be under pressure because second is last in Glasgow.”

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Celtic are currently three points clear of their bitter rivals in the SPFL after completing a seven-point swing since Van Bronckhorst’s arrival.

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But Rangers’ record at Ibrox has remained faultless during the 47-year-old’s short reign, picking up seven wins from seven games with an aggregate score of 16-0.

If Van Bronckhorst can replicate that form away from home and pick up some positive results in the two remaining Old Firm derbies, then Rangers could yet come out on top in this epic title race.

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