Kieran Tierney urges Arsenal to keep their feet on the ground in the Champions League hunt

The Gunners are in fourth place after four wins in a row. (Author: Gardener)

Kieran TierneyKieran Tierney insists Arsenal cannot overtake when it comes to a return to the Champions League. The Gunners stormed to a 5-0 win at bottom Norwich on Boxing Day to strengthen their lead over fourth place in the Premier League. Tierney doubled their lead on Carrow Road, shooting on either side of a Bukayo Saka brace as an Alexandre Lacazette penalty, and Emile Smith Rowe's late goal added the shine. Mikel Arteta's side have bounced back from a poor start to the season, with last-place scoring and scoring in the Norwich first leg in September. A narrow 1-0 win was the first of eleven out of 16 league games when Arsenal wanted to end a five-year break from the Champions League. "It is of course what every Arsenal fan, player and staff member wants, but there is still a long way to go," said Tierney of the club's European ambitions. “We can't stand too much on the flags yet. “We have a very young team and it's great to see. Hopefully we will all play together and grow together in the years to come. Arsenal were supposed to receive Wolves on Tuesday but the game was postponed due to Covid cases in the visitor camp. When asked if Arsenal can gain confidence from their recent games against the biggest teams in the league, Tierney added: “That's the goal. “I think people can see we're getting better over the past few months. We're also scoring more goals so we just have to keep going in that direction. “We're making a joint attempt. We are happy, we play well and we score goals. We'll get there. "As Arsenal continue to pursue top four ambitions, the fight for Norwich to survive in the top division is getting tougher." We have to show character and get points on the board quickly, "he told .uk. "We have to be harder to beat and avoid the mistakes. We need so much character because it's an uphill battle. We are against it and we have to fight."


Arsenal players have the "chosen side" in Arteta and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Arsenal expulsion continued on Boxing Day, with the striker not being eligible for a fifth straight game following the decision to remove him as captain (Author: Gardener)

ArtetaPierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Arsenal expulsion continued on Boxing Day, with the striker unavailable for the fifth game in a row following the decision to remove him as captain Alan Shearer claims the Arsenal dressing room supported Mikel Arteta's decision To drop Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Aubameyang is currently not an option, but in his absence, Arsenal have really done everything. In five games without a striker, they have won all five and scored 19 goals in the process. On Boxing Day, they hit Norwich City for five, strengthening their grip for a place in the top four of the Premier League. Should Arsenal call Aubameyang back to the starting XI? Let us know in the comments, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has missed the last five Arsenal games and Shearer believes the reaction to Aubameyang's withdrawal shows they are okay with his decision. "It was a big, brave decision for Arteta to do what he did because of the personality that Aubameyang was with the captain, the salary he has," Shearer told Match of the Day. They now know they can't mess around, they can't be late for training or whatever the situation is. “And the players agree with Arteta's decision because you can tell by their performance. "Arteta needed his players to give him the goals and performance and they did it in style." The return to form has helped Arsenal improve their goal difference and are now at +9 after starting the season with three heavy defeats on the shoot. And the Arsenal boss said their dramatic turnaround was sparked by a better process that is helping the strikers. "Yes, of course it was a difficult start, but we score more goals because we are in much better shape in these positions," said Arteta. “The direction the team is taking and how we increase understanding between the players. Apparently they've been playing together for a few months now.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Arsenal Clause explains the limited minutes

The 28-year-old arrived in the Emirates from Southampton in 2011 as a promising teenager but never managed to cement his position as a starter on Arsene Wenger's team. (Author: Gardener)

SouthamptonA bizarre clause in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's contract has explained the midfielder's lack of playing time at Arsenal. The England international finally moved to Anfield Road for £ 34m in 2017 after his Arsenal career seemed to have stagnated under Arsene Wenger. Gunners fans were often frustrated with Oxlade-Chamberlain's lack of playing time, as he was mainly used as a substitute. Alan Gernon's book The Transfer Market: The Inside Stories explained the situation and shed light on Arsenal's saving techniques. "After Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal in 2011, Gunners fans became increasingly frustrated with the midfielder's lack of playing time," wrote Gernon of Sport Bible. “It was mainly used as a replacement, often around the 71-minute mark. "After his contract details came out, everything became clear: Arsenal were required to pay Southampton £ 10,000 every time they played for 20 minutes or more." Oxlade-Chamberlain was used as a full-back towards the end of his tenure at the club, although he impressed with his rare appearances in a more central role. His frustration with his role under Wenger led him to move to Liverpool. Oxlade-Chamberlain flourished in his first season under Jürgen Klopp, scoring five goals in 46 games and providing eight assists. But a cruciate ligament injury sustained in the Red Champions League semi-finals ruined his season and he struggled to regain a place in Liverpool midfield. Oxlade-Chamberlain has seen a slight upturn after injuries that have dealt a blow to Klopp's engine room this season. But with only 18 months left on his current contract, the future of the midfielder at the Reds is questionable. "I think it's a completely normal situation ... it's about what makes sense for both sides in six or 18 months," Klopp told reporters on Der Spiegel. “But that's not important at all at the moment. At this moment it matters, how do you contribute while playing? “I know he was more spectacular in (past) moments, scored against City and scored some really good goals, but it's a whole new quality. "Being involved in all the different things on the pitch is a big step and I'm really happy with Ox at the moment and hopefully it will (stay) that way."


Salah contract last and Coutinho to Arsenal rumors

The January transfer window is known to be a tough window to do business, but quality additions could make all the difference in the title race or relegation battle (Author: Gardener)

SalahThe January transfer window is known to be a tough window of time to do business, but quality additions could make all the difference in a title race or a relegation battle, winter is known to be a tough time to do business, but quality additions could make all the difference in the title Race or relegation battle. Ralf Rangnick is set to make his first signing as the Manchester interim boss targets a midfielder. Mikel Arteta's Arsenal will be looking for a new striker as Alexandre Lacazette will leave the Emirates at the end of the season while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's future is in doubt. Ainsley Maitland-Niles will finalize his departure from Arsenal with the versatile midfielder on the verge of signing a loan deal with Roma. Jose Mourinho put Maitland-Niles on reserve for his ability to play in more than one position and the Italians have the option to make his end-of-season exit permanent. Mikel Arteta has publicly endorsed his player several times but seems to accept that he can't offer what he needs most - regular playing time. Cavani are "on track" to leave Man Utd According to Sport (via Sports Witnesses) a January move is very close to close with Barcelona set to bring the 34-year-old to Camp Nou. The Blaugrana deal for Cavani is reportedly "on the right track". Club, although it remains unclear whether the Red Devils will charge a transfer fee for the striker, Philippe Coutinho has reportedly moved a step closer to Arsenal after Mikel gave Arteta the go-ahead for a transfer. The former Liverpool star's agents are said to be traveling to London for further talks with the Gunners, amid speculation about a return to the Premier League. The Spanish newspaper Sport claims that the Brazilian’s entourage is traveling to the English capital in the hopes of a firm loan offer "from the Gunners. According to Fichajes, Arteta gave his superiors" a resounding yes when they approved the arrival of Coutinho, in spite of the Abundance of creative talent in the Emirates, Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has responded to claims that Jesse Lingard is "killing his" career "by staying at Old Trafford. The midfielder has been out of the contract for six months and joined former club West Ham United, where Lingard had an excellent loan in the second half of last season. Ex-Irons striker Frank McAvennie made his feelings clear to football insiders and posed: "Why don't you want to go to another club and score goals again?" Rangnick responded with the words: "At the moment my full focus is on the current players and getting to know each other." We've been together for over three weeks now, so I think I have a much better view of all the players we have right now. "Manchester United are reportedly leading the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen's sensation Florian Wirtz. The Sun claims that the Red Devils have targeted the 18-year-old whose performances for Bayern Leverkusen over the past 12 months have made him a star in Germany. Wirtz is said to be satisfied with a value of £ 60m at the Bay Arena for the time being. but Ralf Rangnick hopes to convince United's attacking midfielder. LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 30: Florian Wirtz from Leverkusen reacts during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg at the BayArena on October 30, 2021 in Leverkusen. ( Photo by Frederic Scheidemann / Getty Images) Antonio Conte could not give any assurances about the future of Hugo Lloris at Tottenham, as himself his contract is approaching. With only six months left, Conte said: "Hugo is our captain, he's a player who has played for Tottenham for many years and we're all delighted to have him on our team, in the squad and in the locker room." He is definitely a point of reference for the other players and Hugo knows very well what I think of him and what the club thinks of him. " Now we'll see, but I think Hugo will never be a problem for Tottenham. "The Manchester City striker is currently undergoing medical treatment in Barcelona. The Catalan giants have signed a £ 55m deal with City to sign the 21-year-old, paying an initial £ 46.7m (€ 55m) plus an additional £ 8.5m (€ 10m). -ons.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Manchester's Ferran Torres City celebrates after scoring his fourth goal during the Carabao Cup Third Round game between Manchester City and Wycombe Wanderers FC at Etihad Stadium on September 21, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse / Getty Images) David de Gea's only 31 and with a long time in his trusty hands, Manchester United are reportedly planning a move for Emiliano Martinez from Aston Villa, The Daily Star reports that United are out of control t has kept track of the 29-year-old's progress since moving from Arsenal to Aston Villa last September. De Gea has a contract with the club until 2023 but Dean Henderson has been the subject of speculation about his future at United and optionally opened a door for Martinez. Arsenal full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on the verge of joining Jose Mourinho at AS Roma. The deal will be structured as a loan exchange with an option to buy. The England international is spending the remainder of the current Serie A season with a four-year deal touted if the deal is permanent.LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Mansion at the Emirates S tadium on October 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins / Getty Images) The Frenchman has been on top form lately but Alex Lacazette's Arsenal career still seems to be drawing to a close, with the Evening Standard reporting that while Atletico Madrid are interested in the forward's services, he but could be consistent with a return to former Lyon club.Alexandre Lacazette led the line for Arsenal against Leeds to Chelsea center-back Antonio Rudiger has reportedly made the decision and will move to Real Madrid in the summer season, the Daily Telegraph reports that her efforts to persuade him to stay fell on deaf ears. Los Blancos wait before handing over a mega-money contract to the German international. Ralf Rangnick has the discussion with Anthony Martial, in which the Frenchman confirmed that he would like to leave. We talked on Wednesday, we talked for a long time, ”Rangnick told the media. It is the right time to change, to go elsewhere. “That's understandable, I could follow his thoughts, but on the other hand it's also important to see the club's situation. We have COVID times, we have three competitions in which we still have high ambitions, the interests of the club. and as long as that is the case he will stay. ”Despite being relentlessly linked to an exit, Ousmane Dembele has apparently suggested he could stay in Barcelona via social media. The Frenchman uploaded a photo of the Barcelona crest overnight and uploaded it to his Instagram, sending some kind of message to his followers during contract talks with the club. Real Madrid have cooled their interest in Paul Pogba, according to Marca. The Frenchman is soon out of the contract and is expected to leave Man Utd. Madrid were seen as a potential target, but Pogba's potential contract requirements could mean they may decide not to move. In an off-field move, John Terry will return to Chelsea as manager. He will now work on Stamford Bridge with the club's youth stars. "It would be useful to change something, even if it's never easy," he told reporters. “We work to understand our needs and find the right solutions.” Jose Mourinho wants Man Utd. add youngster Charlie Wellens to Roma. North Londoners remain interested and could fight for Wellens with the Italian side, reports Die Sonne. Mourinho gave the youngster a shine when he took office at Old Trafford and has his eye on a reunion, with Man United and Chelsea both planning deals for Wolves star Ruben Neves. The midfielder has been linked to a summer exit and Fichajes reports the Portuguese star is on both clubs' radar. The tender is slated to start at £ 35m, with the Red Devils and Blues both looking for midfield recruits. The Red Devils are looking to deploy a central midfielder and Kamara is on their radar. The 22-year-old is a free agent at the end of the season but the Magpies plan to offer up to £ 10m to buy in January while they also negotiate terms. Anthony Martial has told Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick that he will leave in January. His agent had made this clear before, but now the player himself has communicated his coach. But according to Goal, the Red Devils have not yet received any offers. Real Madrid are keen to add Chelsea's Reece James, with Eden Hazard as a potential negotiator. The Blues right-back was a star this season when Carlo Ancelotti asked Los Blancos boss Florentino Perez for a move. To sweeten any deal, El Nacional claims that Hazard, a former Chelsea star, is being offered in a swap deal with the Belgian, who doesn't manufacture in the Spanish capital. Arsenal could try to propose a swap deal with Barcelona to get Pierre-Emerick Aubameyand off their books. The Spaniards want to remove the Brazilian from the payroll and also strengthen their attack opportunities under the new boss Xavi.


Three Arsenal players could sign in the January transfer window

The Gunners can rebalance the roster in January. (Author: Gardener)

JanuaryArteta has been supported by club director Kroenke in the past (Image: Getty / Metro). Arsenal are about to take the next step on the road to their former glory but need some major signings to get there. Mikel Arteta got rid of most of the deadwood, with greats like Mesut Özil and Shkodran Mustafi no longer at the club while others in north London face an uncertain future. Pep Guardiola's former assistant has seen a roller coaster ride at the Emirates Stadium, with the FA Cup win of the summit and the Europa League semi-final beating the rock bottom. After two consecutive eighth places in the Premier League, a return to Europe and possibly even the Champions League must be the goal of this young and dynamic team of Gunners. While the January transfer window is notoriously difficult to navigate, it does offer an opportunity to rebalance the squad and address all of the glaring issues, some of which Arsenal are facing. So who are the players Arteta and Technical Director Edu might target? Vlahovic burns for Fiorentina (Image: Getty Images) The striking department at Arsenal could look very different at the end of the transfer window in January. Eddie Nketiah is, like Lacazette, in the last year of his contract and can thus negotiate a preliminary contract with foreign clubs in the new year, while Folarin Balogun is to be loaned out. It is clear that if the Gunners have ambitions to become one of the top 4 regulars, a realignment of their center-forward options will be required. Dusan Vlahovic, the exciting young Fiorentina striker, is causing a stir among Europe's top clubs and would be a permanent addition to Arteta. The 21-year-old continues to build his Serie A reputation game after game, with 16 goals in just 19 games in Italy's top division this season. The latest reports have shown that Arsenal are ready to make a new € 80m (£ 68m) offer to secure the forward's services. However, Vlahovic is believed to be waiting for an offer from a Serie A club as he would prefer to stay in Italy. Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards, who was on loan at Fiorentina for a year, recently raved about the Serbian international's talent. The Zakaria contract expires in the summer (Image: Getty Images) Midfield could be a problem with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Eleneny as they will represent their countries in January at the Africa Cup of Nations, which is supposed to leave the Gunners in the middle in the park. Granit Xhaka, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and summer newcomer Albert Sambi Lokonga will all be available, but injury to any of them could spell disaster. With Maitland-Niles reportedly about to move to Roma and Xhaka recently talking about a future return to the former Borussia Mönchengladbach club, a midfield change could soon be in sight. There has been speculation of a shock loan switch to bring Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back to the Emirates, while Gunners hero Jack Wilshere hasn't even ruled out the possibility of a return to his beloved club. But instead of looking for a short-term fix, there could be a chance for a major upgrade in January. Denis Zakaria, the Swiss national team colleague from Xhaka, has entered the last year of his contract with Borussia Mönchengladbach and has not yet put a new contract on paper. According to the current status, the 25-year-old would be available in the summer free of charge, with the winter window being the last opportunity for the Bundesliga club to request a transfer for him. The Gunners have the option to step in for the combative ball winner who is reportedly willing to listen to offers from English clubs. The winger has been linked to a move to the Emirates (Image: Getty Images) The reason Manchester City are a perennial title challenger under Pep Guardiola is because they have an abundance of talented attackers, swapping positions and mayhem can cause opponents. Arsenal have often been too predictable under Arteta and need an influx of creative forces to move the team forward, especially against top opponents. The 21-year-old has been fighting for regular starts since Massimiliano Allegri returned in the summer to lead the Old Lady again. Sky Italy have reported that the Gunners are considering moving from Kulusevski in January to strengthen their squad. Arteta were assisted by a slew of signings in the final transfer window, with the club spending more than £ 100m to win Ben White and Odegaard. The new signings have by and large impressed, which could encourage Arsenal Director Josh Kroenke to spend big bucks again to accelerate Arteta's efforts to get his team back into the top four. Follow Metro Sport for the latest news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Giovanni van Bronckhorst speaks about the upcoming Rangers transfer window

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has taken control of his adaptability since taking over Rangers - now he's ready to apply the same to the January transfer window. (Author: Gardener)

Giovanni van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronkhorst has taken control of some adaptability since taking over Rangers - now he's ready to apply the same to the January transfer window. Since the departure of Steven Gerrard and the arrival of the Dutchman, there has been a lot of speculation at the club, but the results have been consistently positive as the team is at the top of the Premiership table and continues in Europe - despite the change in the dugout and training Pitch. Van Bronckhorst is now looking forward to the start of the winter transfer season with openness - both in terms of additions and exits. Joe Aribo, Glen Kamara, Nathan Patterson and Ryan Kent have all been the subject of transfer talks lately - including some proposals for reunions with Gerrard in England - but it remains to be seen who, if anything, van Bronckhorst will recruit to the roster, which he inherited from the current Aston Villa boss. “You just have to be prepared, that's the most important thing as a coach. “You have to be prepared for everything. “We'll see where we stand as a club at the end of the window. “As a coach, you don't want to end up with a smaller squad than at the beginning of the time window. "So we have to be ready to decide what to do, whatever gets in our way." van Bronckhorst has already made subtle changes to the Rangers' approach to his tenure compared to Gerrard's tactics - just a Europa League tie in Lyon away from a month that is otherwise entirely composed of wins. © Glen Kamara in action for Rangers at a Cinch Premiership game between Rangers and Dundee United ... “I watch the players perform, not only in games, but also in training. “We have so many different qualities among the players in the front and midfield that we can adapt our tactics depending on the opponent. He continued, “It was difficult for me to get into a season that was already in full swing. "Even for the players, it is never easy to change coaches during the season." Above all, we were very good at our defensive work, we conceded a lot of goals and the depth and quality of the players in the squad will always create opportunities in every game. "The development that I have seen with the players has been very positive." The Rangers will be back to work on Jan 5th in preparation for their resumption against Aberdeen on Jan 18th and the manager added, “We can take a break and enjoy being with family and friends before we are starting the new year again. "


3 Rangers Free Agents are highly likely to return in 2022-23

The New York Rangers have three free agents that President / General Manager Chris Drury must consider offering renewals. (Author: Gardener)

2022-23The core players of the New York Rangers, which include Mika Zibanejad, Adam Fox and Artemi Panarin, are signed to long-term contracts for the next few years. The Blueshirts are now focused on adding options to their team that can add depth to the elite members of their squad. The 28-year-old native of Mississauga, Ontario is a dependable player who has built a second-row relationship with Panarin over the past few seasons. Ryan Strome earned playing time in the Rangers' first power play unit with Fox, Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Panarin because he developed offensive games or used scoring opportunities. Strome has a statistic of six goals, 15 assists and 21 points in 26 games this season, including eight power play points (PPP). He will miss a few games per season due to injury, but he has played nearly a full season several times over the course of his career, including all 56 games in the shortened 2020-21 season. The Rangers' expansions with players like Fox and Zibanejad starting next season could make it likely that Strome won't sign with the team again. President / General Manager Chris Drury will endeavor to enter into a contract with the nine year old player. Morgan Barron of the Hartford Wolf Pack is currently the team's best option in the organization, which would provide the Rangers deep in the center should Strome sign with another team during the off-season. The 23-year-old Barron is tied for the team lead with four power play goals and second in the wolf pack with eight goals. He has made seven appearances for Rangers in the last two seasons and has scored one goal in that time. The Rangers drafted Kaapo Kakko with the second overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft, giving the team an investment in the third year forward. Although he hasn't achieved the potential to be a core member of the Blueshirts' series due to his goals and assists numbers, the 20-year-old has a knack for being a deep element to the squad, having spent time on each of the top three ranks this year the rangers. Kakko has spent a lot of time this season playing on the Panarin Strome line and the top line with Kreider and Zibanejad. During that season, the Turku native played his best ice hockey in Finland, while winning the Rangers winning streak in November. For the year he has five goals and five assists in 26 games played. Kakko's first season was the most productive of his career as he saw a drop in his attacking numbers with 17 points in 48 games during the shortened 2020-21 season. Depending on which other players re-sign Drury, Kakko could be a trade candidate after the season. Sammy Blais' future with Rangers is still unclear given his injury at the end of the season in November. The fifth-year player was taken over by the St. Louis Blues final off-season in exchange for Pavel Buchnevich and a second-round pick on the 2022 draft. Drury acquired the 25-year-old with the intention of giving the blueshirts toughness. Drury should consider offering him an additional year extension to keep the striker on the blueshirts. Drury will have some decisions to make after his first season, as the Rangers President / General Manager concludes. After 30 games played, it remains to be seen how the individual seasons will develop for the players in the squad, who will be UFAs and RFAs. Depending on how the Rangers season ends, this has a lot to do with how the squad is rated and what weaknesses Drury has yet to fix in order for the team to fight for the Stanley Cup. Matt covers the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, and has previously contributed to The Hockey Writers on the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Cedric Itten reveals the Rangers' future plans when he pledges to fight the Bundesliga basement battle to the bitter end

The Swiss striker is currently on loan to Greuther Fürth, who are struggling hard in the Bundesliga. (Author: Gardener)

BundesligaAnd that although the Swiss striker plays for the WORST team in the top European leagues in the Bundesliga team Greuther Fürth. Itten switched to the promoted team on loan on the day of the transfer deadline in August and the 24-year-old scored in one of his first games for the club against none other than Bayern Munich. The season has turned into a nightmare, however, as Greuther Fürth is bottom of the Bundesliga with 11 points after just one win in 17 league games. They got off to the worst start of any club in Bundesliga history and have by far the lowest score of any European top league. However, Itten, who scored four goals last season when Rangers took the Scottish Premiership title, is determined to hold out at the club despite an almost complete reversal from last season. He said: "Last year at Rangers we won practically every game. And now it's suddenly going the other way. But I've always been a fighter by nature in my life, that's my thing." Ideally, I'm not giving up and we'll keep fighting for the rest of the season and see what happens. "


Gio van Bronckhorst insists that when top stars are lost, the Rangers are ready to avoid a specific January scenario

The Dutchman insists the club needs to be prepared with a variety of clubs in Europe and England overseeing their top stars. (Author: Gardener)

Gio van BronckhorstGio van Bronckhorst insists he won't allow his Rangers roster to weaken at the end of the January transfer window - even if some of his stars are dropped. The Ibrox gaffer knows multiple sites are on the trail of his top assets and he's ready for a fight to keep his leads for the next month. Record Sport announced that Southampton loves Joe Aribo, while Everton remains interested in Nathan Patterson and Ryan Kent is on the radar of several clubs in England. Several other Gers players are on watchlists across Europe, with Serie A teams keeping an eye on Ianis Hagi, Borna Barisic having admirers and Alfredo Morelos' return to form could restart a hunt for the frontman. Meanwhile, Connor Goldson can speak to the clubs for the last six months of his Ibrox contract. Van Bronckhorst has been told that he is under no pressure to sell any of his key men, despite Gers' financial blow during the pandemic - and he is allowed to quickly switch to replacement bags in the event of large disposals. Van Bronckhorst said: “I am not expecting anything. You just have to be prepared, that's the most important thing as a coach. “You have to be prepared for everything. “We'll see where we stand as a club at the end of the window. “As a coach, you don't want to end up with a smaller squad than at the beginning of the time window. But the break will give some injured stars time to regain their fitness, with Ryan Jack and Kemar Roofe on the comeback path and long-time absentee Filip Helander making headway too.


Rangers should have scored more goals in defeating St. Mirren, says Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Giovanni van Bronckhorst believes the Rangers 2-0 win over St. Mirren at Ibrox should have been clearer. (Author: Gardener)

Giovanni van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst believes the Rangers 2-0 win over St. Mirren at Ibrox should have been clearer. At the top of a crowd capped at 500 due to government restrictions due to ongoing Covid concerns, Scott Wright and Alfredo Morelos goals in the first half - his sixth in eight games under the Dutchman - kept the Gers six points ahead of rivals the old company Celtic at the head of the Cinch Premiership is going into the winter break. Van Bronckhorst has won eight and drawn one of their nine games since taking over from Steven Gerrard, but claims that beating the Buddies should have been a result that better reflects the champion's superiority. It was the last game before the break and I'm happy with the performance. "But we created a lot of chances, we did well and I think the result had to be more when you see all the chances we made." there to keep going, creating chances and scoring more goals, but that didn't happen to us in the second half. "But I'm happy with the win, happy with zero and we can take the break where we want, rest well and start all over again in two weeks." We have two weeks to focus on the game to prepare in Aberdeen, but also to convey our message even more to our players about how we want to play against different systems and situations. Saints had missed 11 players due to Covid issues against Celtic by the middle of the week and still managed to fight to a respectable goalless tie, but even though Jim Goodwin's side were much stronger having faced the other side of the Old Firm, they saw never look like they'll cause another surprise. Goodwin described the Rangers as "excellent", but was disappointed with the way the goals conceded and is now looking forward to a reset during the winter break. He said: "I think apart from a coach or two who are in good shape we all long for a break now. I think I have never looked forward to a break so much in my life." I think Not that a lot of people expected us to get a point from the games against Rangers and Celtic after everything that happened. "Also the fact that we only conceded two goals is incredible." Of course we want to not losing any games, but what we have had to deal with in the last two weeks, we will get out of the two games and move on. "