Rangers have announced that they have parted ways with manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst after just 12 months in charge at Ibrox.
The 47-year-old took over as manager in November 2021, replacing Steven Gerrard, and led the Gers to the Europa League final and Scottish Cup win last season.
However, form in both domestic and European games has deteriorated this season, and the Glaswegian giants have chosen to relieve him of his duties.
Van Bronckhorst’s side had the worst-ever Champions League group-stage performance earlier this season, ending with zero points and a -22 goal difference.
Rangers had also fallen nine points behind bitter rivals and reigning Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, having dropped points in three of their last five league games, including a 1-1 draw away to St Mirren on November 12, which proved to be Van Bronckhorst’s final game in command.
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“The board would like to put on record sincere thanks to Gio for all his efforts since his appointment as manager,” read a statement on their official website.
“Arriving at the club just over a year ago, Gio led the club to a fifth European final and won the Scottish Cup last May. He also led the team to the club’s first Champions League qualification in 12 years.
“Unfortunately, results and performances over recent months haven’t met expectations and the decision was made today by the board to terminate the contract of the manager.
“The search for the new manager is now underway.”
Rangers chairman Douglas Park added: “I want to thank Gio for the hard work he has put in over the last 12 months and, especially, the achievements of taking the club to the Europa League final and winning the Scottish Cup last season.