Rangers legend Johnstone warns side against long balls vs Young Boys
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Rangers legend Johnstone warns side against long balls vs Young Boys

Derek Johnstone has previewed the evening’s Europa League fixture between Rangers and Young Boys, in the Glasgow Evening Times. 

It’s a big game for both sides, despite this only being Matchday Two of the group stage.

For Rangers, a win or a draw would leave them well placed heading into a double-header with Group G favourites, Porto. Meanwhile, Young Boys are looking to get off the mark, after they lost their opening game in Portugal.

Jean-Pierre Nsamé scored from the spot, but Young Boys lost 2-1 to Porto. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Rangers legend Johnstone warns Gers against gifting away possession

The former Gers striker believes Steven Gerrard’s side have a chance of picking up a result in Bern. But, he believes how well they can hold onto the ball will prove the key factor.

“The worst thing Rangers could do would be to get the ball and play long, aimless passes all night just to clear the danger,” wrote Johnstone in the Glasgow Evening Times. “If you do that, you guarantee it will come straight back at you quickly and often.”

“I would like to see Rangers keep a hold of the ball for a bit longer in Europe. We do have players that are comfortable in possession, players that can move the ball quickly but not waste a pass and not give it away cheaply when under pressure.”

A master in possession when on song, Steven Davis could be crucial in Switzerland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)


It’s a fair call from Johnstone to identify retention of possession as a key factor ahead of this one.

In our Predicted XI, we have Steven Davis, Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara making up the central three.

That’s a midfield trio of internationals, who are all excellent in possession when on form and the manager will require polished displays from all three if this is going to go to plan.

Davis, in particular, was outstanding in the mauling of Aberdeen at the weekend, and his experience of big European occasions probably makes him the key man in Bern.