Van Bronckhorst suggests tactical change vs Celtic; could play perfectly into Ange Postecoglou's hands

By John McGinley

April 29, 2022

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has vowed that his Rangers team will go ‘all out’ against Celtic in the attempt to pick up all three points on Sunday.

Rangers notably played more defensively away to RB Leipzig on Thursday night, at points shaping up with a back five.

To their credit, it stifled the Germans for long periods of the game until a late volley from Angelino undid their hard work.

Van Bronckhorst’s problem when it comes to deploying a similar gameplan vs Celtic is that a draw is pretty useless for them on Sunday.

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Rangers desperately need a win this weekend to keep faint hopes of a title triumph alive. The Ibrox boss’ media comments today reflect that.

He told STV: “Yesterday the approach was to bring a good result back to Ibrox. Sunday we have to go all out and do everything for the win.

“Our focus is now on Celtic, we will recover and prepare for the game on Sunday. The belief is there, we will go there to get a good result. My objective is to have my players well prepared mentally and physically.

“I know my players will do everything on Sunday to get a good result, this is what they have continued to do through a hectic schedule.”

It’s fair to say they’ll be playing more openly against the Bhoys, chasing the victory. And that could play into the hands of Ange Postecoglou.

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We know Celtic have the quality and players that can exploit space on the pitch at Paradise. Backed by a ferocious 60,000 people and starting with the right aggression, we can look to pick apart a Rangers side that can’t afford to sit in and frustrate us.

Postecoglou’s Celtic thrive on chaos and attacking battles. It’s when teams look to play with their backs to the wall that we’ve struggled most in the Premiership this term.

For Celtic, it’s about being bold and brave enough to commit to their style of football, rather than some of the regressive direct long ball stuff we witnessed at Hampden.

If we can play through the Rangers press this time, it could be more like the February derby than the most recent one.

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