FORMER Celtic midfielder Kris Commons reckons “the alarm bells are beginning to ring” at Rangers.

And the one-time Scotland international star suggests patience with boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be “wearing thin” if the Dutchman doesn’t turn things around following back-to-back 4-0 hammerings from Ange Postecoglou’s side and Ajax.

The Gers are now preparing for the Champions League visit of Napoli on Wednesday after the original date was pushed back 24 hours.

Van Bronckhorst urgently requires a good performance from his players following their mauling in the opening Group F fixture in Amsterdam last week.

UNDER PRESSURE…Giovanni van Bronckhorst yells instructions in last week’s 4-0 loss in Amsterdam.

Commons has been far from impressed with that is going on at the club and said: “The alarm bells are beginning to ring for Rangers.

“Two pitiful 4-0 defeats in a matter of days have posed serious questions of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s future as manager. But, even beyond the results against Celtic and Ajax, it was his comments after the Champions League defeat in Amsterdam which will have angered fans most of all.

“Supporters won’t be impressed to hear their manager claiming that the team can’t compete at that level. It’s nothing more than a convenient excuse. Yes, I understand that Ajax are a big club and they played some excellent football on the night.

“But they’re not a Real Madrid, a Manchester City, a Liverpool, a Chelsea or a Bayern Munich. They are not among the true financial superpowers of European football.

HELPLESS…Rangers keeper Jon McLaughlin is flattened as a shot from Steven Bergis takes a deflection of James Sands for Ajax’s second goal.

“They are just a very well-run club with a clear idea of what they’re doing on and off the pitch.

“I didn’t hear much talk of budgets and financial gaps from Dinamo Zagreb when they beat a Chelsea side who spent over £250million in the summer.”

Commons, speaking to the Daily Mail, continued: “It showed a defeatist attitude from Van Bronckhorst to use the excuse of money. A well-coached and well-motivated team can always compete.

“Also alarming was how much the match in Amsterdam was just a continuation from what happened at Celtic Park. There was no reaction whatsoever from the Rangers players.

“If Rangers can’t cut it at this level, as Van Bronckhorst claims, then God help the fans who have just forked out £180 for the three-match package at Ibrox. It speaks of a manager who doesn’t believe in his players.

“Even if this squad aren’t equipped for the Champions League, the boss shouldn’t be saying that in public. He should be focusing his efforts on a solid and settled starting eleven.”

PICK IT OUT…Mohammed Kudos thunders in No.3 with Jon McLaughlin diving in vain while Connor Goldson and James Tavernier look on in Amsterdam.

Commons added: “There’s still too much uncertainty around this Rangers team. There’s no clear idea of what they’re trying to do and that’s in stark contrast to what’s going on at Celtic.

“Postecoglou and Celtic are streets ahead at the moment. If Van Bronckhorst doesn’t buck up his ideas, he’ll soon find that patience is wearing thin among the Rangers supporters.”

Meanwhile, Gers fans are NOT happy with the repercussions of the team’s switch with Serie A leaders Napoli to an 8pm kick-off on Wednesday.

The game has been pushed back with the club saying it’s due to “challenges related to the ongoing events surrounding the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

UEFA have also confirmed that NO away fans will be permitted in Glasgow – and that also has a knock-on effect for Ibrox fans planning to travel to Italy for their meeting on October 26.

The governing body state that due to “a matter of sporting fairness, Rangers’ fans will not be authorised for the return leg in Naples.”

That has incensed some of the Rangers support who had already made plans to travel for the game.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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