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VAN BRONCKHORST ON THE BRINK

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GIOVANNI VAN BRONCKHORST’S future as Rangers manager is in the balance.

The under-pressure Dutchman saw his team go nine points behind champions Celtic on Saturday when they drew 1-1 with St Mirren in Paisley and Ange Postecoglou’s side clocked up their 14th league win from 15 games with a 2-1 victory over Ross County at Parkhead.

Van Bronckhorst, who flew back to Netherlands at the weekend with the month-long World Cup break kicking in, is due to celebrate his first anniversary in the job on Friday.

However, after the recent 1-1 home draw against Livingston and the 2-1 loss against St Johnstone in Perth, Steven Gerrard’s successor is now under extreme pressure.

Speaking about a prospective meeting with the board, Van Bronckhorst admitted he expected talks when he told the media: “We are going to sit down and speak about the last couple of months and which way to go forward.

“I have no fear, I never have fear.”

The Ibrox support has not been slow to vent their frustration as the team have struggled at home and abroad – six consecutive losses in the Champions League for the WORST-EVER record in the group stages – and there will be additional pressure on the club as Dave King prepares to fly back to Glasgow.

Next month’s AGM threatens to become powderkeg confrontation.

If Gers decide to axe Van Bronckhorst, the compensation could be around the £4million mark for the former Feyenoord head coach and his backroom staff.

The former Gers, Arsenal and Barcelona star brought in compatriots Dave Vos, Roy Makaay, Arno Philips and Yori Bosschaart a year ago, while former Manchester City coaching guru Ceri Bowley joined in the summer.

Former Burnley boss Sean Dyche has been mentioned as a possibility to take over at Ibrox. He has been out of work since being sacked by the Turf Moor club in April this year with the team heading for relegation from the top flight.

Rangers return to action against Hibs in Glasgow on December 15.

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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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