Gio Van Bronckhorst Criticizes Michael Beale’s Rangers Visit and Laments Lack of Board Support

Gio van Bronckhorst has opened up about his disappointment with Michael Beale’s visit to Ibrox during a crucial period in his tenure and expressed his frustration over the lack of support from the board during his second season.

Van Bronckhorst criticized Beale for attending a Rangers game against Aberdeen at a time when speculation was rife about his potential successor. Beale, later appointed as the manager at Ibrox, was seen at a popular Rangers fans’ pub near the stadium, fueling rumors of his candidacy.

“I don’t think you should really do that as a fellow manager. You shouldn’t sit in the stands at a match when your colleague is feeling the pressure at that moment. I would never have done that,” remarked Van Bronckhorst during the interview.

Reflecting on his second season, Van Bronckhorst expressed his belief that the board could have handled the situation differently, especially considering the team’s achievement of securing Champions League group stage football after a qualifying win over PSV Eindhoven.

“As far as I’m concerned, our squad could have been strengthened after we reached the Champions League group stage that August at PSV’s expense. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. When I got fired a few months later, I missed the support from above,” he stated.

Van Bronckhorst also emphasized his disappointment in the board’s response to the team falling nine points behind Celtic, stating, “I believe some guys on the board could have handled the situation in another way, especially if you assess how we performed in the previous campaign.”

Despite the challenges, Van Bronckhorst expressed hope for Rangers’ future success, saying, “I hope Rangers can find their way back to the top, as I’ll forever be associated with the club and cherish the wonderful memories. Sadly, I didn’t leave in the way I wanted.”