By Daniel Feliciano

26th Apr, 2022 | 4:10pm

Kris Boyd tells Giovanni van Bronckhorst to avoid repeating mistakes in Rangers run-in

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been told by Kris Boyd not to make the same mistake by not using his squad depth ahead of a ‘massive’ week for the club.

The Bears take on RB Leipzig in the Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday before a trip to Parkhead to face Celtic in a huge title decider in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.

Now former striker Boyd, speaking to Sky Sports News, has warned the manager that he must use his whole squad for the upcoming games, rather than overplaying the same ones and seeing performance levels drop as he did earlier in the season.

“I think it’s the old cliche in football, you need to take every game one at time. That’s exactly what Rangers need,” he said.

“We saw eight changes from the semi-final victory over Celtic at the weekend, and it’s international players that are coming in.

“You take John Lundstram and Ryan Jack that are coming in as the sitting midfielders as such, but Glen Kamara and Steven Davis could easily do that job.

“You are replacing quality with quality, and that was the frustration, especially from me, over a number of weeks there where Rangers were playing on Thursday and it was the same team going again at the weekend.

“Maybe you want to mix it up. I’m sure Giovanni will have learned from that as well, and it’s a massive, massive week for the club, there is a no doubt about that.”


One of the great strengths of this Rangers squad was the depth and quality that the manager has to choose from, so it was odd to see the same 15 players playing so regularly earlier in the season.

In the end it cost, with fatigue kicking in and seeing results falter while Alfredo Morelos picked up a season-ending injury to his thigh after being overworked.

The manager seemed to learn from his mistake by rotating for the league win over Motherwell last week ahead of Thursday’s tie and he should avoid temptation to revert to type against Celtic.

This Rangers squad is incredibly strong and there are plenty of players capable of featuring who can do a job and get a result at Parkhead, even if they don’t play too regularly.

The Europa League now has to be the priority with the title race essentially over at this point, so the manager can’t blow it by going gung-ho and taking unnecessary risks against Celtic.

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