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Rangers attack revitalised by Giovanni van Bronckhorst tactical switch

Rangers carry more attacking threat from midfield under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, suggests Jordan Campbell.

The Bears beat Livingston 3-1 on Sunday in the Dutchman’s
Scottish Premiership managerial debut, with two of the goals coming from midfielders
Scott Arfield and Joe Aribo.

Van Bronckhorst set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Arfield and Aribo pushing forward more ahead of sitting midfielder Glen Kamara.


Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic, Campbell outlined how this tactical switch gives Rangers more of an attacking edge.

“Midfield runners are key to his [van Bronckhorst’s]
attacking outlook,” he wrote.

“With Kamara at the base of midfield there was enough trust
in his ability to control the centre of the pitch that the other two
midfielders could make runs from deep.

“If van Bronckhorst can maintain that same threat from midfield, especially on the occasions [Alfredo] Morelos is not at his best, then he will have unlocked another bit of potential in this Rangers side.”


Attacking freedom

It was important that van Bronckhorst put his tactical stamp
on this Rangers team, as they were becoming slightly predictable under Steven
Gerrard.

The Dutchman was known for deploying midfield runners during
his time as Feyenoord manager and although it is still early days, it looks as
if it could be a success at Ibrox too.

Arfield and Aribo are both attack minded players, so finding
a system that not only includes both of them but utilises each of their strengths,
is a huge boost.

It has been a difficult start to the season for Arfield who
has had his struggles with injury, but his goalscoring ability from midfield is
well-known and van Bronckhorst should look to make the most of that.

Likewise, Aribo is capable of playing as an attacking winger, so having his threat in the middle of the park is a real asset for the Bears going forward.

The system is likely to make Rangers more open defensively, but for games where van Bronckhorst wants to make his team more solid, Steven Davis should be able to seamlessly slot in.

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Max Stryjek was fuming with what happened during Rangers v Livingston

Livingston goalkeeper Max Stryjek was left fuming after Rangers fans threw snowballs at his goal on Sunday.

After the game, his teammate Jack Fitzwater claimed that Stryjek had to be calmed down and dragged away from engaging with the Gers fans [Daily Record].

The Polish keeper tried to have words with the referee as well, but Fitzwater held him back after the game was stopped in the second half so that snowballs could be cleared off the pitch.

Fitzwater also revealed that the only reason the snowballs were cleared was because they might have caused the football to deflect in the Livingston box.

He said: “I had to hold him back; he was complaining to the ref.

“Max is a madman, but we are going to need the whole squad focused for Wednesday because we have so many tough games now.

“We came out for the second half and thought it would just be a bit of stick from the Rangers fans.

“But because of the size of the snowballs, we were complaining to the referee, pointing out that if the ball took a deflection, that’s going to change the course of the ball.”

Stryjek enraged.

It seems as if the Gers fans managed to really annoy the Livi goalkeeper.

It seems odd that the only reason the snowballs were removed from the pitch was because they might have impacted the course of the ball.

Now, we are not so sure if that would have happened, given that they were only snowballs.

Of course, some of them could have contained ice, and that might have impacted the football but also could have been dangerous for the players.

So, though it was just a bit of fun from the travelling Bears fans, you can see why it annoyed the Livingston players because it must have distracted them.

In the end, the referee made the right decision to clear the snowballs from the pitch, and the Gers held on for what could prove to be a valuable three points in the cold.

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Charlie Adam believes Giovanni van Bronckhorst has made a change at Rangers already

Charlie Adam believes that Giovanni van Bronckhorst has made a big change at Rangers on the training ground already.

The former Gers midfielder thinks that the Dutchman has told his team to instantly press as soon as they lose the ball.

He believes that this will get the best out of Alfredo Morelos, and he commented on the 25-year-old’s effort during the 3-1 win over Livingston on Sunday.


Speaking on BBC Sportsound [via Daily Record], he said: “He (Van Bronckhorst) will want to put his own stamp on the team, which I have seen in his first two games.

“I just see the different reaction from some players. Morelos, when he lost the ball, went to chase it and get it back.

“They hunted to get the ball back. That is probably something where the manager has laid down a rule; as soon as you lose it, you have to get it back.

“The two games I have seen Rangers have been at it. Now everyone else has to chase them.”

Can Morelos get back to his best?

The Colombian scored twice in van Bronckhorst’s first game in charge and followed that up with an assist for Joe Aribo.

So, though it is early days, things look good for Morelos, who lost his way a little bit near the end under Steven Gerrard.

Therefore, it will be fascinating to see if this has just been a good start from Morelos and things drop off again soon, or he really is back to his best.


If he was back to his best, then the Gers instantly become a more dangerous side with a fit and hungry Morelos than they are without him firing or in a mood.

If van Bronckhorst can get consistent performances from the Colombian, things should improve for the Bears considerably.

We all know what he is capable of, so let us all see if this is when Morelos really gets going for the season.

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