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Rangers: Van Bronckhorst must axe Steven Davis

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has a chance to make it four wins out of four as Rangers manager at Ibrox in the Premiership on Saturday.

The Gers host Dundee in a league match and the Dutchman is looking to extend his fantastic start to life at the helm in Glasgow. Rangers have won all three of his matches in charge so far, beating Sparta Prague in the Europa League and then Livingston and Hibernian in the Premiership.

Should Davis be dropped?

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Time’s up

One change that the 46-year-old could make to his XI in order to maintain his 100% record is taking out midfielder Steven Davis after his disappointing display against Hibernian on Wednesday night, as his time should now be up.

Should Davis be dropped?

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Yes

No

No

The Northern Ireland international struggled despite Rangers winning 1-0 and was subbed off in the second half with the teams still level. Kemar Roofe was among the players who came off the bench and he scored from the penalty spot to seal all three points.

Davis lined up alongside Glen Kamara in one of the two defensive midfield roles and was shown up by the Finland international. As per SofaScore, the ex-Arsenal man won seven of his 10 duels (70%) and made three interceptions, one tackle and two clearances. He also completed 89% of his passes and created two chances for his teammates, showing off his ability on and off the ball.

However, his midfield partner failed to match those heights. As per SofaScore, Davis won a solitary duel in the game and failed to make a single tackle, interception or block, whilst making one clearance. On the ball, he completed just 77% of his passes and lost possession 14 times, failing to provide a single key pass before being hauled off the pitch.

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This suggests that he was a passenger in the game as he was unable to impose himself defensively or offensively for the Gers, particularly in comparison to Kamara. In fact, over the course of the season, he has lost 55% of his duels in the Premiership, which highlights his lack of strength in the middle of the park for the club.

Therefore, Van Bronckhorst must ruthlessly axe him from the starting XI and offer a starting opportunity to another player to see what they can do, with the likes of John Lundstram and Scott Arfield waiting in the wings.

AND in other news, Gio must axe “popular” £15k-p/w flop who doesn’t have a “long-term” future at Rangers…

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