Three key talking points have emerged after Rangers defeated Livingston in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first league match in charge.
A dream debut win against Sparta Prague left the Rangers faithful wanting more and the team duly delivered against Livingston, seeing the Lions off 3-1 at the Tony Macaroni Arena.
This was the manager’s first league win and he will be keen to keep momentum building against Hibs.
Defensive concerns continue
Although the Prague and Livingston games showed a massive defensive improvement from the latter matches of Steven Gerrard’s reign and the embarrassment against Hibs in the League Cup semi-final, there are still some frailties.
Connor Goldson does not look like the same player as he did last season and the more this campaign goes on, the more inclined I am to believe he will leave the club. This could be a blow as our options at centre back are extremely limited.
With Filip Helander out with a long-term injury, Niko Katic away out on loan and Calvin Bassey and Leon Balogun both looking confident of a Nigeria call up for the African Cup of Nations, van Bronckhorst has a real headache.
The January transfer window could be massive.
Much has been made of Allan McGregor’s mistakes this season, most notably against Hearts, however, the last two matches have seemingly seen the goalie back at his imperious best.
His fantastic reaction save against Livingston was as good a save you will see this season and from a man who is knocking on the door to his 40’s, makes it even more astounding.
The keeper looks like he has been given a jolt of confidence from the new manager, and this could be vital as the campaign heads into the festive season.
Fashion Sakala has emerged as a new fans favourite recently, the supporters have already made a new chant up for the player.
While he was impressive against Motherwell on his first league start for the club, could his immediate future lie as an impact player?.
With Alfredo Morelos reverting to his old self during the previous two matches, the Zambian might have to rely on appearances from the bench, this could work out well for the side however as he had a super-sub moment against Livingston to notch another goal for the club.
The striker is certainly a useful addition to any match, and he seems happy with his role at the club so far.
Van Bronckhorst certainly has improved things at the club in such a short space of time, including a slight tweak with the formation, and the initial signs are promising.