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Glasgow Rangers: Gio van Bronckhorst must unleash Charlie McCann

Glasgow Rangers will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat last time out in the Premiership as they prepare to host Hearts at Ibrox tonight.

The Light Blues head into the match off the back of two defeats in the Scottish top-flight and the Champions League in their last two competitive outings, losing to St. Johnstone and Ajax respectively.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men were beaten 2-1 by the Saints last weekend despite holding 73% of the possession and having 18 more shots at goal than their opponents.

The Dutch head coach is now under pressure after a section of the supporters chanted for his dismissal during the loss and The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell claimed that there were ‘mass calls’ on social media for him to be sacked.

Van Bronckhorst should switch his team up from the clash with St. Johnstone in order to inspire an improved performance and, most importantly, a positive result.

One player he must finally unleash from the start is academy midfielder Charlie McCann, who has been an unused substitute in each of the last four Premiership matches.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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The rarely-seen gem, who has played just once in the league this season, has been doing enough in training to make the bench for the first team but van Bronckhorst has not been generous in handing him minutes on the pitch.

Rangers struggled to convert their chances against St. Johnstone, with one goal from 29 shots, and McCann is a goalscoring midfielder who could add an extra threat from the middle of the park.

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Journalist Josh Bunting heaped praise on the youngster’s attacking intent earlier this year, Tweeting: “Charlie McCann is a quality player for Rangers, a real natural number 8 who must be knocking on the first team door. His goal today was stunning but his all round play is very sharp. Has a nice pass selection, always wants to get on the ball and make something happen.”

The Northern Ireland U21 international has scored four goals and provided one assist in six B Team matches so far this season and registered one assist in three first-team outings – starting one of those games.

He had showcased his attacking quality in the youth teams at Manchester United prior to making the move to Ibrox as he plundered 17 goals and seven assists in 62 appearances for their U21 and U18 sides combined.

These statistics show that he has the potential to be a goalscoring threat from midfield and that is why van Bronckhorst must unleash him from the start against Hearts in place of Malik Tillman, who failed in four of his five attempted dribbles and lost ten of his 13 duels last time out – failing to register a goal or an assist.

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