By Noel Whelan

5th Nov, 2022 | 5:00pm

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is three games from the sack after Rangers source's reveal - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst must show his credentials in upcoming matches against St Johnstone, Hearts, and St Mirren in order to avoid being sacked during the World Cup break.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Gers must “dominate” their next three games to put sack fears at ease for Van Bronckhorst.

Football Insider revealed on Thursday (3 November) that Rangers are putting out early feelers as they lay the groundwork for potentially appointing a new manager.

They are set to make contact with some targets amid a growing sense that Van Bronckhorst will not be in charge after the World Cup.

The Dutchman oversaw a record-breaking Champions League campaign which saw Rangers lose all six group games and concede 22 goals – as well as missing out on the Scottish Premiership title last season.

The former left-back has a contract at Ibrox which runs until the end of the 2024-25 season.

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Whelan claimed Rangers must back their manager with fresh faces in January no matter who is at the helm.

When asked if the World Cup break is an ideal time to move Van Bronckhorst on, he told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think it will depend on how he finishes before this break.

“If he finishes strongly, he’ll get that bit more time.

“But they’ve got to be good wins. You want to see Rangers dominating these games, not just scraping by with a narrow win. You’re talking about 3 or 4-0’s – showing the quality they have.

“If they stick with him, they’ve got to give him money. If they’re not, they need to make a decision quickly so the person coming in has that money to spend.”

In other news, London club set sights on signing Rangers star Ryan Kent.