By Sam Stone

28th Apr, 2022 | 2:10pm

Rangers higher press a key element in their European success under Van Bronckhorst - Journalist

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s implementation of a higher press has seen them gain more success in Europe, according to Rangers writer for the Athletic Jordan Campbell.

Rangers have undergone a turbulent season off the pitch with a change of manager and run to the Europa League semi-final.

Rangers writer Jordan Campbell believes Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s pressing tactics have improved their fortunes in Europe.

Writing for the Athletic he said: “Van Bronckhorst’s approach is defined by a higher press, a predominantly man-marking scheme and a desire to pressure the ball.”

The Gers suffered a damaging 3-0 defeat to Celtic in Febuary and Campbell believes that was a turning point for van Bronckhorst’s pressing system. He added: “After the bruising 3-0 league loss to Celtic he seems to have concluded his team plays at their best when they’re much more aggressive off the ball.”

Gio or Gerrard?

Rangers were successful under Gerrard, there is no debating that.

He managed to prevent Celtic from winning a historic tenth league title in a row, with his side winning 32 out of 38 games with a staggering goal difference of +79.

However, Gerrard found it hard to progress past the round of 16 stage in Europe.

Campbell believes Gerrard’s Rangers side relinquished control far too often against the better sides in the Europa League, he said: “Rangers sat off [against better opposition] – sometimes to the extent they were allowing almost 20 passes before they engaged.”

This season van Bronkhorst has implemented a higher press to prevent teams playing out from the back.

Considering the advantage a full Ibrox can give Rangers, high-pressing and aggressive football seems the most suitable style of play to get the best out of the players.

Winning the ball back high, harassing the opposition and getting the crowd involved early has certainly seen the Gers be more successful in Europe this season.

Convincing home victories against Braga and Red Star Belgrade potentially represent how effective their pressing has been un Giovanni van Bronkhorst.

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