A 3-1 defeat to Ajax in their final match of the tournament left the Gers with the unwanted record of being the worst-ever team in the Champions League group stage, and Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be aiming to bounce back with a victory over St Johnstone today.
In an ideal world, the Dutchman would make a raft of changes to his starting XI ahead of today’s match, but with the current injury crisis enveloping the squad, that won’t be possible.
There will likely be just one or two changes, and the 47-year-old should ruthlessly bin striker Antonio Colak to the bench amid his poor performance in midweek.
He averaged 0.2 shots on target while taking just 11.5 touches per game in six Champions League matches, which suggests that he struggles to get involved quite as much at that level compared to playing in the Premiership.
Of course, the opposition in Europe’s premier club competition is far superior to that in Scotland, but he has fallen below the required standard for the big stage.
These European displays may have ruined any hope of the striker making Croatia’s World Cup squad, for if he can’t perform on the grandest club stage of them all, then the biggest tournament in international football might be a bridge too far for the player.
Alfredo Morelos, who scored last week against Aberdeen, should be given the nod today. The Colombian is screaming out for a full 90 minutes, and with seven goals against the Saints during his time with the Light Blues, he will surely fancy his chances of adding one or two more to that haul this afternoon.