"It is a gap"; Giovanni van Bronckhorst short of answers after Celtic rout

By Dave Flanigan

September 4, 2022

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst was at a loss to describe his side’s collapse in yesterday’s 4-0 drubbing to Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic in the Glasgow derby.

The Dutchman took over from Steven Gerrard midway through last season and has now lost three of his five games against Postecoglou’s Celtic, including another 3-0 battering in February, and had little explanation for his side’s ineptitude.

Speaking to BBC Sportsound after the game (From 18:08), Van Bronckhorst said: “We knew the threat they have from quickly taken throw-ins and free-kicks and I think we were exposed two times, which gave two goals away and for me that’s very disappointing because we knew that they were going to do that and still we weren’t prepared enough.

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“Those moments – especially in the first half – will decide the game, the longer that the nil is on the scoreboard, the more you can grow in the game, but today wasn’t the case, very disappointed by the result, by the goals we had against us, including the fourth one in the second half, and I’m very disappointed that we couldn’t give the game we all wanted for our fans.

“It is a gap, of course, we know that we’ve lost five points already this season, there’s still a lot of games to be played, and also three games against Celtic so we have to move on and get stronger and make sure that those moments we have today can never happen again, no matter which opposition you play.”

The former Rangers full-back’s side were once again unable to match not just Celtic’s application and intensity, but their cutting edge, as the champions raced into their second 3-0 half time lead against their derby rivals in seven months.

It’s a bruising period for last season’s runners-up, who face further trips to Ajax, Aberdeen, Liverpool, and Hearts all within the next few weeks, as they strive to keep pace with Postecoglou’s relentless Celtic.

For the Aussie, all focus will be on his side alone, as they follow up their derby victory with Tuesday’s Champions League tie against Real Madrid in Paradise.

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