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Gio van Bronckhorst Rangers full press conference as Ibrox boss reveals talks over fixture overhaul

22 Apr 2022 | 08:39 | Football

The big games will continue to come to Rangers as the excitement of historic Thursday night Europa League the quarter-final victory over Braga fades away.

Attention now turns to Sunday’s giant Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst Never have Ange Postecoglou’s side as a manager better lost both meetings so far.

But cup football is just one game and he has ensured that nothing will be missed on the pitch when the game kicks off at Hampden.

If Rangers To progress, they will have to do it without talisman Alfredo Morelos, who is sidelined until next season.

James Tavernier has hit the ground running when it matters this season and Kemar Roofe scored a hat-trick last weekend before leaving Van Bronckhorst to face threats across the pitch as they searched for one. final capacity.

Here is the full press conference:

What positive impact could Thursday night’s success have on Sunday’s game?

GVB: We made it to the semi-finals in Europe. Of course we had a great night on Thursday.

It gave us a lot of positives and a lot of motivation against Celtic.

Is everyone fit and ready for the game?

GVB: Yes, we still have to get back to training in a few hours but we don’t have any injury doubts for tomorrow.

We will prepare for the last practice today for tomorrow. We are looking forward to this game.

Help with game scheduling?

GVB: I think the club is in talks.

When you have more games at the end of the season.

You may see in other countries when games are moved to different dates or the start times are changed.

I think we just want to do what’s best for Scotland – that’s why we’re still going into Europe to get a lot of points for everyone.

Hopefully they will also help us perform as well as we can in Europe.

However, let’s make sure we get enough rest before playing the matches in Scotland.

To what extent are fixed devices being changed to conform to Europe?

GVB: Of course we can have requests, that’s what we’re doing at the moment.

In the end they had to agree and make sure the furniture was moved.

We will do everything we can to do so, but in the end they still have to call the last name.

You see in other countries all the associations are moving the date.

So the only thing that can happen is that they agree and that’s the point we’ve all been waiting for.

Looking back at the last game against Celtic, do you need to change anything this time around?

GVB: Of course you don’t want to make too many mistakes in the game.

In the game two weeks ago we started very well before conceding two goals.

We have to defend better as a team and not concede a goal.

In the second half, I think we tried to find the equalizer and had a lot of chances.

We just need to be more clinical in those times and put in a better overall monitor 90 minutes or so if needed.

It’s a big game and requires a big performance. Hard matches are always near and we have to make sure we win this time.

Can Aaron Ramsey finally show his influence in the squad?

GVB: In the last few weeks he has played the most since he arrived here.

He had some defenders in the early stages but he could feature against Celtic, he could play against St Mirren and of course against Braga he was there.

I think he is the best physically since joining.

Hopefully now we can keep him fresh for the games ahead.

Is European football affecting the squad?

GVB: We don’t have any doubts about the injury and we are looking forward to this game.

We got everyone even though it was a tough and physically demanding game.

We have enough time to recover after that.

In my view, we have everyone on board except for the long-term injuries.

How good are James Tavernier’s numbers? 80 goals, 106 assists

GVB: Those are numbers not usually seen in a full-back!

I don’t have those numbers. But it shows the quality he has with the drive to push forward.

He’s had a lot of assists over the past few years and can score goals as well.

That is, for the group, a great must have. You want all the players on the team to score and assist.

He is doing very well, I am very happy for him and the whole team with his contributions.

He just has to keep dribbling, making crosses and scoring goals.

I am really satisfied with his performance.

How important is Allan McGregor’s experience in the big fights?

GVB: He’s an experienced player and he’s been through all the moments in his career. That experience helps you perform at a high level.

He played his 101st game in Europe last Thursday, which means he’s playing a lot of games.

You always want your experienced players in these times and in the final weeks of the season to also help the team and he is definitely an experienced player.

Will he be reluctant to play Connor Goldson due to the end of his contract?

GVB: I have never had any experience in my career when a player is out of contract that it affects them.

It’s a situation that happens a lot in football, players are out of contract.

Connor is handling it really well, he’s performing well and not having a negative effect on him.

It has no negative effect on me. That’s how things work in football.

You have to show no matter what, especially in a Rangers-sized club.

He is doing that and we all continue to do what we have to – which is to win games and make sure we do everything to have success for this club.



Connor Goldson celebrates Ryan Kent’s goal to make it 1-1 with Red Star Belgrade

The thinking behind moving the full-backs higher to match the team and the players?

GVB: We, especially the last few games, have been quite dominant in front of the opponent’s half and in a position where we can make dangerous crosses and serves.

It’s one of those areas where we’ve been working on a lot over the last few weeks, to create more danger when we’re in those moments.

The second half against Celtic, we were in a lot of those moments but we didn’t create the danger we wanted.

I think we showed on Thursday and also against St Mirren that we are making progress in those areas.

That scenario, we definitely have to improve against Celtic as well when we’re in the dangerous areas – to create chances and in the end, of course, score goals.

It’s not just the full-backs, the whole team needs to improve and we’ve done that in the last few games and we need to keep improving for tomorrow.

What are the benefits of Borna Barisic’s return to form?

GVB: I am satisfied with Borna’s performance in the last few matches.

He’s had a tough time but he’s worked hard to be ready when needed.

He’s been playing really well in the last few games. We know his qualities and I am really happy that he is at a good level.


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