By Saikat Mandal

23rd Apr, 2022 | 6:05am

Van Bronckhorst must use Scott Wright in Rangers tactical tweak

It seems injury luck is taking the mickey out of Rangers this season. 

If losing Alfredo Morelos for the remainder of the season is not a big blow already, Giovanni van Bronckhorst is being dealt with another crushing blow this week. 

Kemar Roofe, the other major striker, has now picked up an injury, and he will be out for at least a couple of weeks, which means, he won’t be back before the second leg at Ibrox against RB Leipzig. 

In such a scenario, Bronckhorst doesn’t have enough options. Fashion Sakala can be a direct replacement, but he would be too predictable against the German side. 

In the previous Europa League away game against Braga, Sakala failed to make an impact when given the opportunity. 

He is fast and direct, but in European games, you need more than that to trouble a quality side. Leipzig would figure it out quickly. 

There is another alternative plan and this could be a trump card for the Dutchman, especially away from home. He must start with Scott Wright. 

The 24-year-old winger is reliable and he can handle pressure. Earlier this season, Kevin Thomson hailed him as “sensational” [Rangers Tv] for his performance against Livingston. 

He is well capable of playing in Ryan Kent’s position, which means Van Bronckhorst should use the former Liverpool forward upfront to bamboozle the opponent. 

Kent has this natural tendency to drop down which means the Gers would remain compact throughout the game. On the other hand, Kent has got the skills to unlock any defence, and he would be a threat upfront. 

Instead of using Sakala, this pragmatic approach could add more balance to the Rangers side. 

In other Rangers news, van Bronckhorst has called for Sakala to step up amid the Gers’ injury crisis.