By Saikat Mandal

24th Nov, 2021 | 8:10am

Roy Makaay sends strong message to players in GvB first Rangers training

Giovanni van Bronkhorst and his coaching staff finally got back to work on Tuesday ahead of Rangers’ crucial Sparta Prague clash in the Europa League.

The Dutchman led the team at Auchenhowie for the first time since replacing Steven Gerrard as the new Gers boss.

Roy Makaay, the Bayern Munich icon, was quick to stamp his authority on training.

Makaay was quick to crackdown on Ryan Kent during a passing drill session when the winger misplaced a flick.

The Rangers assistant told the players, as quoted by the Daily Record: “Play it simple. Tricks are for the circus.”

Big match

Despite leading the SPFL table, Rangers have looked a shadow of their own self, with Connor Goldson openly claiming that the players have let the fans down.

The Gers need a strong response after losing 3-1 against Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi-final last week at Hampden Park.

Gio van Bronckhorst is not the type of manager who is obsessed with tactics. Rather, he is someone who is flexible and loves to play an attacking brand of football.

He is expected to make gradual changes to the side, but at the same time, the Dutchman has made it very clear that he would be tough with his players.

Based on the first-day training session, it seems Makaay has been able to get the message clear — sloppy mistakes will no longer be tolerated.

Rangers are third in the table with Sparta in Group A in the Europa League. With Lyon already qualified, the Gers have a great chance of progressing, should they beat the Czech Republic side at Ibrox on Thursday.

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