Giovanni van Bronckhorst is swimming against the tide as the critics and statistics pile up following successive 4-0 defeats.
Less than a year after taking over from Steven Gerrard, four months on from the final of the Europa League the omens are looking bleak for the Dutchman that guided the Ibrox Tribute Act into the group stage of the Champions League.
Inhering a four point lead in the SPFL Premiership when he took charge, van Bronckhorst stretched that to six then ended up losing the title to Celtic with home and away defeats in the derby fixtures proving critical.
Under Gerrard and Beale, we never lost by more than 2 goals in 3.5 years. We lost by 2 goals on 5 occasions during that time.
We’ve just lost by 4 goals twice in 1 week.
— Garry Carmody (@GarryCarmody) September 8, 2022
Signing seven players before the end of July meant that the squad had the stamp of the manager, by the final whistle in the defeat to Celtic none of those players were on the park.
A reaction was expected last night away to Ajax, if anything things got worse with fans and pundits questioning the attitude of the players.
If any points are dropped at Aberdeen on Saturday another reaction is likely- just three days before Napoli visit Ibrox in the Champions League.