Rangers board and Giovanni van Bronckhorst to hold talks - 'They gave me confidence but in football, you never know'

Manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be involved in meetings with the Rangers hierarchy during the World Cup break about how they can arrest the current slide after a 1-1 draw with St Mirren heaped further pressure on the Dutchman.

Rangers' Giovanni van Bronckhorst leaves the SMiSA Stadium after a cinch Premiership match against St Mirren.
Rangers' Giovanni van Bronckhorst leaves the SMiSA Stadium after a cinch Premiership match against St Mirren.

Rangers required an 84th-minute penalty from James Tavernier to rescue a point in Paisley after Jonah Ayunga had given the Buddies a 47th-minute lead. Rangers could trail cinch Premiership leaders Celtic by nine points at close of play today and many Ibrox fans are calling for Van Bronckhorst to be removed. The Dutchman admitted he is accountable for results and revealed talks will come with the board before Rangers are next in action on December 15 against Hibs.

"Of course if we keep dropping points I am accountable for that,” said Van Bronckhorst. "I give the instruction, that is my job, we prepare the players as best we can and they have to put in the performance, that is always the case. We are going to sit down that is for sure and think about the next couple of months and what way we are going to go. We have to see, it's still football and if you have a run like this, a lot of things can happen but I have the backing of the board. They gave me confidence but in football, you never know. I have no fear, I never have any fear."

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On the match itself, Van Bronckhorst continued: "Obviously not good enough. We started well, created chances. One big chance with Scott Wright. It's always difficult against a deep block. We have to be more ruthless in our box to clear dangerous moments. It's too many points. If you lose points at home against Livingston and away against St Johnstone and St Mirren, it's not good enough.”

Van Bronckhorst was also quizzed on his decision to substitute Glen Kamara at half time, who put in a sub-standard performance in midfield. "I had to substitute him because I think the team needed a change, more runs from midfield into the right positions,” added Van Bronckhorst. “That is all I have to say about that."

St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson was full of praise of his team and said the current squad is the best he has worked with. “We are disappointed not to take all three points,” said the Northern Irishman. “That shows how far we have come. I thought we sat back a little after going ahead and that is the eighth penalty against us in 15 games. It was a penalty and I have no complaints. That is what VAR is for. But, I didn't see them scoring any other way. I thought we were great defensively and very good on the break as well.

“That is our 8th game unbeaten at home which is fantastic. We actually feel aggrieved that we don't have a better points tally. We wonder where we could be with a little but more luck but hopefully that evens itself out over the season. I couldn't be more proud of the players. We fight against the odds and they are the best group of boys I have worked with. There is a lot to build on.”