Journalist Josh Bunting has slammed Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst after his comments following the club’s disappointing performance in midweek.
It has been a European campaign to forget for the Ibrox club. Indeed, they were swept aside with ease on Tuesday as Ajax claimed a 3-1 win in Glasgow.
As a result of that defeat, Rangers finished last in their group having failed to pick up a single point from their six matches and ended with a goal difference of -20 – thus making them the worst-ever team to play in the Champions League.
Speaking to the press after the game, Van Bronckhorst said (as quoted by BT Sport): “They had six days off, their league is thinking about their players!”
While adding: “They haven’t had a game at the weekend, I’m not saying we need help, but I’m saying they had a free weekend.”
In reaction to this, Bunting slammed the manager on Twitter, saying: “What happened the five games before tonight? Napoli, Liverpool and Ajax are better sides, but the manner of the performances and tactically the whole campaign was a complete disaster for Rangers. He hasn’t a leg to stand on coming out with this sort of garbage.”
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While Rangers were hardly expected to win the group or qualify for the next stage, fans would have been hoping to see their team at least put up a bit more of a fight and look to drop into the Europa League as a minimum.
Instead, they conceded 22 goals in their six defeats and managed to score just two in return. This left them with the record-setting goal difference of minus 20 – a single goal worse off than Dinamo Zagreb in 2012.
With that in mind, it does seem quite feeble of Van Bronckhorst to try and blame the most recent loss on fixture congestion. While it may not have helped, it’s not as if his team have looked capable of winning any other games in Europe this season.
All in all, it’s pretty hard to defend the Ibrox boss seeing as his side have been so tepid throughout.