By Adefunmiloye Alani

22nd Nov, 2021 | 4:40pm

Craig Moore: Rangers can't win title playing as they did v Hibs

Craig Moore has told Sky Sports new Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be disappointed after the team’s loss to Hibernian on Sunday.

The Light Blues were already dumped out of the League Cup semi-finals in the first-half after Hibs went 3-0 up within 40 minutes, and Connor Goldson admitted after the game that the team have lost their hunger.

Moore reckons his former Rangers teammate would not have been pleased to hear those comments as he prepares for life in the Ibrox dugout, and the BBC pundit believes he could be eyeing a squad overhaul as the current team do not look capable of retaining the title.

He told Sky Sports: “He’ll be really disappointed, he’ll be thinking this is a big job. I have no doubt that come January, he will be looking to bring in players that he can trust and also have an influence on that dressing room.

“I’ve no doubt it needs freshening up. There have been some post-match interviews that have come out that are quite alarming.

“I go back to James Tavernier’s in first away game of the season; lack of hunger and lack of desire. This is coming from the players!

“For me, that is a huge concern and Connor Goldson comes out with the same remarks yesterday. Rangers are a fantastic club with the best supporters in the world when they’re onside.

“You get them offside, it’s a very, very tough place to play. This team needs to show a bit of grit. I think it has been glossed over that they are four points ahead.

“Performances from the start of the season have been nowhere near good enough. In my experience, you can’t win a title playing this way – something needs to change. So Giovanni has a big job.”

Disappointing

The centre-back did not bother to mince words after the disappointing performance he and his teammates put in against Hibs, and while many were surprised, he has only spoken the truth.

After winning the Premiership without much of a challenge from Celtic last term, stopping 10-in-a-row, the Bears do not feel like they have much to play for again this term.

They are currently top of the league and complacency has clearly set in.

Without a doubt, most of the players have reached the end of their shelf life at Ibrox, and GvB has a lot on his hands to get them inspired again.

With very little to spend in the January transfer window after their accounts for last year was released, the new manager does not have the luxury of making a lot of changes like his predecessor did upon joining the club.

Rangers need to retain their title and bag the Champions League cash to be able to spend next summer, and van Bronckhorst needs to come up with a way to get this crop of players firing on all cylinders again.

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