Rangers should start Aaron Ramsey in Europa League final - Kenny Miller
Giovanni van Bronckhorst rested almost all of his key Rangers players for Saturday’s (14 May) 3-1 win against Hearts with academy graduates aplenty.
The Dutchman has one eye on Wednesday’s (18 May) Europa League final, rightly, so there were 10 changes at Tynecastle but Aaron Ramsey was among the more senior members getting an audition for the final in Seville.
BBC pundit Kenny Miller wants the boss to gamble on Ramsey even if the 31-year-old isn’t fully fit for the game owing to his big-game experience.
“If fit, Ramsey HAS to start,” Miller wrote in his column for the Daily Record. “That’s not a slight on Scotty (Wright) who played a key role home and away against Leipzig.
“He’s clearly capable but Ramsey brings something different and top quality. And he’s got big-game experience in Europe.
“This could be Aaron’s moment for Rangers. People can talk about whether the signing was worth it in January.”
Trust your gut
A Europa League final is not the time to be taking huge risks in selection, certainly not from the start at the very least, but if Ramsey is ready to go, it’s hard to leave such a player out.
He’s played in European Championships for Wales, Champions League games for both Arsenal and Juventus as well as countless momentous domestic matches throughout his career so there is no doubting he would handle the night.
You could doubt the likes of Wright and a few others though who haven’t experienced games of such magnitude outside the Old Firm derby perhaps.
Having said that, van Bronckhorst needs to put his faith in the players who got the club to the final and if that means that the Welshman has to start on the bench, then so be it.
He can still come on and make an impact late into the game or even in extra time should it go that far and just his presence in the dressing room is sure to calm down a few nerves of those around him.