Giovanni van Bronckhorst shares insight on Rangers system
Giovanni van Bronckhorst has suggested that Rangers are operating in a different system from the previous regime.
Steven Gerrard did a fantastic job at Ibrox before he left the club to join Aston Villa back in November.
While GvB hasn’t made any huge changes to the playing style, he has simply tweaked the formation slightly which has worked wonders so far.
He has made a perfect start in the Scottish Premiership winning all his opening seven league games. His side also drew against Lyon in the Europa League.
“I have opted for a slightly different formation in possession of the ball and when we defend we are also slightly different,” Van Bronckhorst told De Telegraaf (10 January).
“Steven Gerrard also played 4-3-3, but if you see our matches, it is clear that we operate significantly differently in a number of positions.
“I have access to classic wingers at Rangers. So I want to use that. I also have a real number 10, so we can vary it a lot. The boys have handled it really well and everything has come off.”
Van Bronckhorst has made a dream start at Ibrox, and the transition has been very smooth.
The confidence is flowing in the team as Rangers have enjoyed a fantastic momentum ahead of the winter break.
He is a demanding manager. The Dutchman has worked upon the player’s mentality that saw them picking up wins when not playing well in some games.
The winning mentality was established by Gerrard. Van Bronckhorst has perfected it.
In terms of tactics, it’s the same 4-3-3 formation, but he has used it differently. In the case of Gerrard, the forwards were very close to each other, and he didn’t make the best of the classic wingers.
Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi are excelling under the Dutchman as they have been given more freedom.
The defence, overall, has improved from the first quarter, while Van Bronckhorst has been able to bring the best out of Alfredo Morelos, something Gerrard found hard at the start of the season.