Strange Gio decision as Ramsey misses out?

Strange Gio decision as Ramsey misses out?
Rangers' Dutch manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Europa League play-off second leg football match between Rangers and Borussia Dortmund at the Ibrox Stadium, in Glasgow, on February 24, 2022. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is very consistent, very cryptic with his comments that when he’s a little looser with his wording or something doesn’t quite fit, we really do notice.

The man is a master of keeping his cards close to his chest, so when he said recently that he didn’t expect Aaron Ramsey to be fit for either Dortmund leg, it begged the question – why was he included in that squad at the expense of Filip Helander who he also didn’t expect to be fit?

We love Gio, you all know we are big fans of our excellent manager, but you also know Ibrox Noise are willing to question things now and then too, and the Ramsey inclusion at expense of Helander when we’re short on available defenders and overflowing with midfielders is a bit odd.

We don’t understand the Ramsey stuff in general, but we’re not going there, but we are confused why Helander wasn’t fit enough but Ramsey was? But wasn’t?

This is a rare occasion we find something doesn’t make sense under Gio.

Of course it matters not, we gubbed Borussia quite easily actually, so it worked out.

But down the line, we won’t have Helander for Red Star and we have no clue if Ramsey will be fit.

It’s an curious one.

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  1. I think the Ramsay question will take care of its self. He will play a huge part in winning the league I’m sure of it, he is quality and surely knows hes drinking at his last chance saloon . Hellander will get more game time in Scottish games to get him match fit. Gio obviously rates Balogun but feels he needs to be used sparingly. That’s my thoughts..

  2. I think the Ramsay question could be answered with another question, what does he bring that Helander doesn’t? Pace and technical ability. With how well Lundstram drops in between the two other CB’s when we switch to the back 3, it seems that Gelander isn’t the be all and end all of a good result with a defensive formation. Allowing the likes of Ramsay (when fit) to run at players and take up the Scotty Arfield role being a general nuisance and picking locks in defences to t allows a quicker break up the pitch. Helander doesn’t bring that at the moment. Not until he’s actually back to full fitness and back in the swing of things.

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