Sources: Rangers board make up minds on Giovanni van Bronckhorst position after new talks
Giovanni 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, sources have told Football Insider.
The Dutchman may not save his job even if he oversees wins on Wednesday at home to Hearts and in Sunday’s trip to St Mirren.
Rangers chiefs held talks on Monday about Van Bronckhorst’s position and decided to stick with their under-fire manager up until the mid-season break.
There have been growing calls from supporters for Van Bronckhorst to be fired in the wake of Sunday’s 2-1 Scottish Premiership defeat at St Johnstone, which leaves the Glasgow giants seven points behind Celtic in the title race.
But he is clinging on to his job, with the Ibrox board ready to wait until the month-long recess before making any move.
Nevertheless, the Dutchman’s position hangs by a thread and he is fighting for his future ahead of the Hearts match.
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The message coming out of Ibrox on Monday was one of support for the manager but it is increasingly likely, one well-placed source said, that Van Bronkhorst will be dismissed during the upcoming World Cup break.
Plans are being put in place for a new man to be in the dugout for the 15 December Scottish Premiership return against Hibernian at Ibrox.
Football Insider revealed last week that Rangers are paving the way behind the scenes for a potential manager change by doing background checks and compiling a shortlist of potential replacements.
Calls for the board to take action have grown significantly following Sunday’s defeat to St Johnstone, who are sixth in the league.
There are now growing fears that Celtic will run away with the league this season unless a change is made.
Rangers’ midweek 3-1 defeat to Ajax left them with a Champions League record minus-20 goal deficit from their six group stage matches, all of which were comprehensively lost.
There is great concern in the boardroom about the sterility of domestic performances, albeit there was some hope of a turnaround following the 4-1 win over Aberdeen the weekend before last.