Gio van Bronckhorst: Rangers are getting better with every game; Ceri Bowley joins the coaching team | Soccer News

Giovanni van Bronckhorst believes Rangers are sharpening the tools that will be needed to get through St Johnstone to Ibrox on Saturday.

Rangers faced a well-organized and solid Kilmarnock side at Govan last week but came away with a 2-0 Premiership win.

The victory, sealed by a late goal from Alfredo Morelos after Antonio Colak had opened the scoring just after the break, set the team up for a thrilling 3-0 Champions League qualifying win over the Belgian side of Union Saint-Gilloise on Tuesday evening, who prevailed until the play-off against the Dutch team of PSV Eindhoven on an aggregate score of 3-2.

Looking to get back to business in the league and pick up three wins from three, Van Bronckhorst plans another afternoon to try and break up the visiting team, but feels confident.

He told Rangers TV: “You have to have our positions right on the pitch. The movement has to be there at the right time. The overtaking speed has to be high or you won’t find space.

“But we are improving in those departments with every game. We are playing more games together and with that the players are getting used to each other.

“We are getting stronger every week and every game we play. Of course we saw last week against Kilmarnock that we had a team defending in a low block. We didn’t have a lot of space to play.

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“But I think we approached the game very well, with a lot of patience. Sometimes I think you need patience in home games.

“For us it’s another league game. We want to win every game we play and we want to maintain our 100 per cent record.”

The Dutchman believes Thursday’s appointment of Ceri Bowley, a former colleague of Van Bronckhorst’s City Football Group, as first-team coach will move the club forward.

Bowley was responsible for coaching support for the group which owns Manchester City, New York, Yokohama F Marinos and nine other clubs around the world.

Van Bronckhorst, who already has a first-team coach in former Dutch team-mate Roy Makaay, as well as assistant coach Dave Vos, had a spell at the Etihad after leaving Feyenoord in the summer of 2019.

He said: “We arrived with all new staff when we joined in November.

“Ceri joins us now. We are one team, we all work hard to get the best results on the pitch at the weekend and during the week. We just have to work together.

“The key, as always, is to have good communication and we are working towards the goal we all have which is to bring success to the club.”

Gio ‘really happy’ with Bowley addition

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Van Bronckhorst has added Ceri Bowley to his coaching roster

Van Bronckhorst believes Bowley will help improve players.

Prior to working for City Football Group, Bowley was academy manager at Barry Town United and held coaching roles with The Football Association, Swansea and Merthyr Town.

Van Bronckhorst said: “I worked with him a few years ago and formed a good relationship with him.

“He will join my team and help all of us improve our players, and the players will work closely with him to make sure their development goes faster.

“We’ve identified areas where we want to see improvement, so I’m really happy he’s joined us.”

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