By Noel Whelan

9th Nov, 2022 | 12:04pm

Pundit shares 'devastating' Rangers claim after source reveals Giovanni van Bronckhorst decision

Noel Whelan has suggested a new manager may now be needed to “freshen things up” at Rangers following a “devastating” defeat against St Johnstone.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Celtic have “more character” than Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men after their injury-time decider against Dundee United on Saturday (5 November).

Rangers fell to a 2-1 defeat away at St Johnstone on Sunday (6 November) – meaning they are now seven points behind the Hoops ahead of the next Old Firm clash on 2 January.

However, Football Insider revealed on Tuesday (8 November) that Van Bronckhorst is set to remain in charge of Rangers this week but is still facing the possibility of the sack during the World Cup.

It is understood that Ibrox chiefs held talks on Monday (7 November) about his position and decided to stick with their under-fire manager up until the mid-season break.

In addition to poor results in Scottish Premiership competition, Van Bronckhorst also presided over six straight losses in the Champions League – the worst-ever group stage performance.

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Whelan suggested a win against St Johnstone could have put that unwanted record to bed.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “The board and the fans needed a reaction, but they didn’t see it.

“It’s another step backwards. They’ve had a terrible Champions League campaign, and this was the game which could have put that to bed.

“But they didn’t take that opportunity, and that’s a real shame.

“Seven points is a big gap when you’re talking about a team like Celtic. They struggled too, scoring in injury time –  but it just seems like they’ve got that bit more character to overcome results like that.

“A new manager just might freshen things up ahead of the restart after the World Cup.

“There’s a problem somewhere along the line, because to lose to St Johnstone like that is just a devastating result.”

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