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Rangers could unlock Morelos & Colak by appointing 55-year-old coach

Glasgow Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is under pressure in the dugout at Ibrox and it remains to be seen whether or not he will still be in the post on the other side of the break for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Football Insider recently reported that the Dutchman is hanging on by a thread and that it is ‘increasingly likely’ that the Gers board will dismiss him in the coming weeks.

However, journalist Marcel Van Der Kraan has claimed that the manager is “counting” on being in charge when the Light Blues return to competitive action in December.

These conflicting reports make it difficult to gauge where van Bronckhorst’s future is heading, although he remains the first-team manager of the club at the time of writing.

If Rangers do decide to sack the former Feyenoord coach, though, who could they bring in to replace him? Charlie Nicholas recently named former Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl as one of the managers who could be a “serious” contender to take over at Ibrox.

The Light Blues could finally unlock the potential of Alfredo Morelos and Antonio Colak as a strike pairing by appointing the Austrian as a replacement for van Bronckhorst should the Dutchman loses his job.

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola previously stated that he was “impressed” by the way Hasenhuttl set his Saints team up to face the Premier League giants.

That was not a one-off appraisal, as the Spanish coach previously said: “Southampton have an exceptional manager. I know him a little bit from my time in Germany. He was at many clubs, Leipzig played in a specific style.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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“So no surprise in their success. Southampton for many, many years have been working well – so no surprise.”

These comments, and the 55-year-old keeping the English side in the top flight for four successive seasons, suggest that Hasenhuttl is a brilliant coach who could be a strong appointment for the Gers.

It is his style, however, that could be the most appealing part of bringing him in. The former RB Leipzig boss typically deploys a 4-4-2 with a double six pivot, essentially making it a 4-2-2-2 in possession with the midfielders sitting deep and the wingers pushing on to support the strikers.

This means that he could play Morelos, who has 161 club career goals, and Colak, who has 162 goals for his respective clubs, as a pairing up front at Ibrox and he could, therefore, unlock an unstoppable duo in the Premiership.

The Croatian summer signing has plundered 11 goals in 14 starts in the Scottish top-flight and has established himself as van Bronckhorst’s go-to number nine in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 set-up.

Morelos, meanwhile, has only started one match but does have three goals and one assist from 12 appearances in total. The Colombian is being wasted on the bench as he has scored 68 goals and provided 29 assists in 147 Premiership games for the club in his career to date.

These statistics suggest that they could come together to form an unstoppable pairing for opposition defenders to deal with, as both of them have proven, in the present and the past, that they can score goals on a regular basis at this level.

Therefore, Rangers could get the best out of both of them by appointing Hasenhuttl to deploy his 4-4-2 hybrid in the second half of the Premiership season.

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