Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has surprised no one by selecting the atrociously off-form Ryan Kent, along with the non-working John Lundstram and Steven Davis combination in midfield in order to face Livingston.
Rangers’ boss, seeking a win to maintain league consistency, with some good results of late, remains insistent on the Lunny and Davo combination which absolutely does not work in midfield, not to mention the continuing selection of Ryan Kent on the left who is currently about as off-form as they come, with many accusing his sedentary play of being a major reason Borna Barisic is so poor as well.
Scott Wright can consider himself unfortunate to be dropped after being a bright spot midweek v Dundee, with a good energy and workrate, especially given these are two of the things Kent seems to be missing in abundance these days.
In slightly better news, both Malik Tillman and Scott Arfield start, which gives Rangers energy and creativity to face what will be a definite ‘low block’ from the visitors, while in-form Antonio Colak gets the chance to make amends for that shocking offside call denying him a goal for the first fixture v Livi.
But overall it’s never a full selection fans can be happy with, always lacking a few components and adding a few selections which aren’t exactly inspiring.
In fairness, congratulations to both Davis and captain James Tavernier who celebrate 250 appearances each for Rangers, but it’s not about the individual, but the collective, and the former doesn’t work with Lundstram at all.
Still, this is Gio’s selection and he stubbornly sticks by it no matter what, which does suggest he refuses to admit when something isn’t working and will remain loyal to that. Which is hardly ideal.
A manager under pressure? For sure, but a win today especially to respond to the result at Tynecastle is a must. So he’s making these calls and he’s the one who benefits or pays for them.