By Azeem Siddiqui

20th Sep, 2022 | 8:10am

Charlie Miller urges Rangers manager Gio van Bronckhorst to play two strikers in domestic competitions

Charlie Miller believes Gio van Bronckhorst must try playing two strikers, at least when Rangers face teams in domestic competitions.

The Gers are going through a tough patch where they won just one out of the last four matches across all competitions, including three heavy defeats against Celtic, Ajax and Napoli.

Miller, while talking to Record Sport, urged manager Van Bronckhorst to try different combinations against teams who “stick 11 men behind the ball”.

“I’d definitely give playing Morelos and Colak together a try,” he said. “Especially when we’re playing against some of the other Scottish teams who stick 11 men behind the ball.

“Giovanni has his own way of playing with mainly the 4-3-3 and doesn’t really change his system all that often.

“Playing two up has gone out of fashion a bit but I think there’s a place for it in the game and if I was a boss, I’d always try to get two centre-forwards in my team.

“Obviously Colak and Morelos are two totally different players but they’ve both got to play. Now it’s about how you find a space for the two of them.

“The two of them score goals and I definitely think they could be formidable together as a duo. For me, it’s simple – they both have to play. But it might not be quite so simple for the manager.”

Important

Rangers started the campaign hoping to improve what they did last season where they ended up as the runners-up in the UEFA Europa League and won the Scottish Cup as well.

This season started in a manner where things seemed to be going in the right direction as the Gers qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in more than 10 years.

However, results in the past few weeks have turned things upside down and the side look far more vulnerable than it used to be.

Therefore, the responsibility is on Van Bronckhorst to ensure that the players will be able to bounce back and start producing improved performances.

For this to happen, something might have to change as well and as Miller suggested, playing two strikers, who are very different compared to each other, would not be a bad idea at all as having two men up front will give the opposition’s defence a lot more to worry about.

In other Rangers news, this BBC pundit was in awe of the way Colak bagged the first of his brace on Saturday.