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Rangers could land Gio van Bronckhorst upgrade with Barak Bakhar

Glasgow Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst is facing increasing pressure after his side lost 2-1 to St. Johnstone in the Premiership at the weekend.

Football Insider recently reported that the head coach is set to remain in charge for at least the next two competitive matches but is in danger of the sack heading into the World Cup break.

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Ex-Light Blues midfielder Michael Laudrup has questioned whether the Dutchman is the right man to lead the team forward and criticised the 47-year-old’s demeanour on the touchline.

Speaking in the Daily Mail, via Football Scotland, Laudrup said: “With the World Cup break looming next week, it’s time for the Rangers board to think seriously about the direction of the club and the manager’s part within it.”

He added: “Van Bronckhorst has tried a lot of different things with his team and is still trying to find answers. I also look at his body language at times. Hands folded. Looking down. He doesn’t look like a manager who is certain he can turn things around. It looks almost like he has given up a little bit.

“I’m not sure if he always knows his best line-up or the best approach to games. A dressing-room can feel that. Players become insecure.”

Sport5 recently reported that the Gers made an enquiry over a potential swoop to replace van Bronckhorst with Maccabi Haifa head coach Barak Bakhar, with the current Light Blues manager’s position said to be ‘unstable’.

Rangers could now land an upgrade on the former Feyenoord boss by pinching Bakhar from the Israeli Premier League side in the coming weeks.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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Van Bronckhorst arrived at Ibrox with the club sitting four points clear at the top of the Premiership table last season and finished the campaign four points behind eventual winners Celtic, whilst he currently has his side lagging seven points behind their Old Firm rivals after 13 matches.

He also struggled badly in the group stages of the Champions League as his team became the worst outfit to ever grace the competition, with six losses out of six and a staggeringly poor -20 goal difference.

Bakhar, meanwhile, is a serial title winner who could come in and instil a winning mentality in the squad, having secured the Ligat ha’Al in each of the last two campaigns and five times in total.

Van Bronckhorst, meanwhile, has only won one league title – with Feyenoord in 2015 – in his career, despite being four years older than Bakhar, and his inexperience in title races has seemingly cost Rangers dearly over the last 18 months.

The 43-year-old’s team also gave a much better account of themselves in the Champions League than the Dutchman’s did. Maccabi Haifa picked up three points and scored seven goals – five more than the Gers – in a group with Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica.

CBS writer Ives Galarcep claimed that Bakhar’s side put on a “clinic” against Juventus as the Israeli outfit beat the Italian giants 2-0 at home, whilst registering 14 shots to their 11.

This suggests that the Haifa tactician could be an upgrade on van Bronckhorst for Rangers as he has more experience when it comes to winning league titles and has shown that he has the coaching chops to mastermind big wins in the Champions League.