By Saikat Mandal

30th Jul, 2022 | 8:10pm

Giovanni van Bronckhorst shares what he told Rangers players at half time

Giovanni van Bronckhorst shares the half-time dressing room message as Rangers came from behind to secure victory on Saturday (30 July).

The Bears scored twice in the second half as they won 2-1 against Livingston in the opening game of the 2022-23 Scottish Premiership campaign.

Rangers are very poor in the first half. They were very slow with their movements and struggled to create enough clear-cut chances.

At the break, Van Bronckhorst made one change, and it has worked in their favour. Scott Arfield got a goal to his name, while Malik Tillman was simply outstanding.

“It took us out of the game and we didn’t play our normal game in the first half. We knew the danger Livingston had with the big striker up front who can make it very difficult,” said Van Bronckhorst, as quoted by The Daily Record.

“We said to the players that we had to be ready for the long balls and the duels. When they have a long ball, it cannot be that we don’t have any player making contact or trying to win the duel.

“The full-back won the ball for their goal without any pressure, which is impossible. The ball fell behind us so we weren’t good enough in anticipating it.

“It was a great goal for their side but it should be impossible for us to give that away. With the ball, we weren’t taking the right positions or zones at the right moments. But in the second half we did much better and created a lot of chances to score.”

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Rangers have bolstered their squad this summer, and they have added depth in almost all areas of the pitch.

The Bears needed to make a strong start to the season. It’s the three points that matter more than the manner of the victory.

Tillman, the loan signing from Bayern Munich, made a strong impact. The 20-year-old created chances and could have had a goal to his name as well.

In the 67th min, the Dutchman made double changes, and that probably shifted the game. James Sands added solidity at the back, something John Souttar had failed to provide.

Arfield scored the equaliser in the 72nd minute. Ryan Jack also looked good in the cameo role after coming on.

The Bears improved immensely in the second half. They had better control of the game, the defence looked solid, and most importantly the tempo of the game changed completely.

It wasn’t a vintage performance, but Van Bronckhorst will be more than happy with the three points on board.

In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson now has names lined up just in case Alfredo Morelos seals his exit this summer