By Jack Cunningham

23rd Nov, 2021 | 9:55pm

Kris Boyd shares his verdict on Rangers and Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Kris Boyd believes that Giovanni van Bronckhorst won’t make too many changes for his first game as Rangers manager on Thursday.

Speaking live on Sky Sports, the former Gers man offered his view on the Dutchman’s first game against Sparta Prague after the disastrous cup defeat against Hibernian.

However, despite the manner of the defeat, Boyd can’t see van Bronckhorst making too many changes.

He said: “You’re looking at a team that have been successful over a period of time now.

“It’s a well-oiled machine. I can’t imagine he is going to come in and make loads of changes in a couple of days.

“It’ll be a work in progress until he gets to January, and then he can maybe tweak things in terms of bringing his own players in.

“But I don’t expect a lot of changes.”

A fair review of the situation.

Given that van Bronckhorst was revealed as the Gers’ manager on Monday, he won’t have long to work with the players.

Therefore, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he doesn’t make that many changes from the defeat on Sunday and decides to stick with the tried and tested senior players.

If he does do that, you would have to hope that they respond and turn in a good display; they have to be better than they were at the weekend.

This is a new era now, and you can’t imagine that van Bronckhorst will show the same loyalty to some of the players that Gerrard did even when they were out of form.

Therefore, this is the time for some of the senior players to stand up, win the game on Thursday and seal their place in the next round of the Europa League and take it from there.

In other Rangers news, GvB has had his say on the first training session.