Pundit can't believe £4.6m red tape could stop Rangers sacking Giovanni van Bronckhorst
Noel Whelan has claimed the prospect of paying Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s big-money compensation will not prevent Rangers from sacking him.
The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Saturday’s (12 November) 1-1 draw with St Mirren should be the “final nail in the coffin” for the 47-year-old.
On Monday (14 November), this site revealed that Rangers are increasingly likely to sack Van Bronckhorst in the coming days following crisis talks at the weekend.
However, Glasgow World claim (14 November) that the Ibrox club could be forced to pay a total of £4.6million in compensation if they are to terminate the contracts of the Dutchman and his assistants.
Football Insider revealed on Saturday (12 November) that Rangers have made former coach and QPR boss Michael Beale their top target to replace Van Bronckhorst if he is sacked.
The Gers are now nine points adrift of rivals Celtic atop the Scottish Premiership heading into the mid-season World Cup break.
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Whelan suggested the manager must take the blame despite his whole side being “in the doldrums” at present.
When asked if big-money compensation was a good enough reason to persevere with Van Bronckhorst, he told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “No, not with the amount of money they’ve made over the last year.
“I would have thought that the draw against St Mirren would be the final nail in the coffin for him.
“It doesn’t seem to be flowing right now. They’re in the doldrums as a team right now, and it comes down to the manager to take the brunt of that.
“They’ve lot the consistency, the fight, and the desire at the moment.
“You’re expecting these Scottish Premiership games to be a foregone conclusion, but they’re just scraping by.
“It’s not good enough for a Rangers team.”