Lyon conundrum for Gio as Rangers boss makes a decision

Lyon conundrum for Gio as Rangers boss makes a decision
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Manager of Rangers looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League group A match between Rangers FC and Sparta Praha at Ibrox Stadium on November 25, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers have a rare luxury on Thursday of already having secured passage to the playoffs of the Europa League, and don’t have any pressure whatsoever when GVB takes his men to France to face Lyon.

Indeed, the fixture is as dead a rubber as we can remember in European competition for the Famous, and while naturally a few hundred thousand for a win isn’t to be sniffed at, in the grand scheme of things, the match has little riding on it.

Apart, of course, from Gio’s incredible record of a start to life as Rangers manager, having won a sensational 4 out of 4 and conceding just one in there.

From a pure statistical point of view, and a mild financial one, a win would be very nice, but nothing critical rests on this one, which is a rare position for a Scottish club to be in at this level at this stage.

Of course, we are Rangers and we want to win every match, and Lyon would provide stiff Champions League-level opposition, giving us a little preview of what to expect under Gio next year should we secure group stage of Europe’s premier club competition.

But ultimately, it’s not a critical fixture.

It boils down now to how Gio views it. Will the manager preserve his side to have full pelt against Hearts and other domestic opposition, or will he see Lyon as one he needs to win and field a full-strength XI?

Only he of course knows.

From an Ibrox Noise of view, we go with whatever GVB wants – we’re just laying the facts down.

We’ll be interested to see what he does on Thursday.

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  1. If we come away with a draw on Thursday l will be delighted and its time he gave a starting berth to Patterson, let the boy shine, start McCrorie as well, we have absolutely nothing to lose, but Stewart and Kamara needs dropped, as you’ve said before, they just aren’t cutting it and hopefully be away in a few weeks time

    Be ruthless and cut all dead wood in the squad, free up wages who will come in and do a hard day’s graft, players we could rely on

  2. i would put out a second best team on thursday also theres nothing to loose were through and i rather keep our team fit to play the next round of big games in europe and in the league put patterson in white in bacuna and sekala on and bring that boy in who plays in the b team from columbia see what he can do in the first team cause hes scoring fir fun in the b team that could be a winner the dead beats need dropped tav goldson kamara davis i dunno about morelos he seems to be playing well just now maybe play him

  3. Stewart? He was culled last season mate. To be fair, I actually thought he was decent, but no doubt about it, he’ll not be in the travelling squad heading to France for Thursday night 😂😂.

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