Rangers manager Gio van Bronckhorst thinks the Premiership winter break being moved makes “no difference” to his side as he opened up on the controversial decision to bring the break forward by a week.

While van Bronckhorst and his players will now head away for some time off after the Boxing Day clash with St Mirren, the Rangers boss admits preparations for games in January and February will be a “little bit hectic”.

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The Gers were due to face Aberdeen and Celtic in their final two games after before the break started but with those games now moved to the start of the year, van Bronckhorst is bracing himself for a difficult run.

“I don’t know if it’s an advantage,” van Bronckhorst said [RangersTV].


“We just need to prepare ourselves for the new schedule so in that way it’s no different. We go home early and spend time with our families so we will start earlier than planned but the games still have to be played so, for me, there’s no difference. It’s just preparing for the games is a little bit hectic.

“We start with an away game against Aberdeen and then we have a lot of weeks again, also with the Europa League coming in February so we will have a really long run with two games in a week but it’s the way it is so we have to prepare ourselves for a busy schedule.”

Rangers could go into the winter break as many as nine points ahead of Celtic with the New Year Old Firm clash moved to the start of February.

While there’s no advantage to moving the break, there’s a real danger a few more postponed games could throw the remaining months of the season into chaos.

Meanwhile, before taking any transfers into account Rangers could have up to six players ruled out of the rearranged Old Firm derby with Celtic in February.

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