There’s been confusion and disagreement amongst Rangers fans on Twitter after footage emerged from Auchenhowie on Tuesday.
Earlier the day, new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst and his coaching staff had taken training for the first time.
🇳🇱 Day One pic.twitter.com/aqVnsWAuwk
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) November 23, 2021
Supporters were delighted to see GvB snapped on the training pitch with a whistle in hand and a stopwatch around his neck as preparations ramped up for Thursday night’s must-win Europa League clash against Sparta Prague.
Rangers released a full training video on RangersTV at 18:00 and one small part of the footage caused plenty of debate.
After a drill broke down, new first-team coach Roy Makaay could be heard saying: “Keep it simple. Tricks are for the circus.”
The camera angle made it look like the comment was aimed at Ryan Kent and that prompted a mixed reaction from supporters.
Some were happy that Makaay appeared to be asserting himself early on and others were worried that Kent hadn’t taken the advice well.
Love that. How many times have we all went nuts when he’s skinned someone then decides to do it again and lose baw
— martin butler (@martybutts) November 23, 2021
He won’t like that 😂
— 🇬🇧 cozy1872 🇬🇧 (@cozy1872) November 23, 2021
he didnt like that look at him look away with distain at the end of the clip!
— GioRBVanBear (@ABlue_bear) November 23, 2021
Big Makaay the ring master 😂 Looks like we’re going to be much more direct this season.
— Gio Van Bronkbear (@skoosh1) November 23, 2021
Transfer request in 3 2 1… He did not look impressed 😂
— robert paterson (@runcornbear) November 23, 2021
Trying to tame our most talented player wouldn’t be a great start. Hopefully it was a comment taken constructively.
— Azor (@AzorIbrox) November 23, 2021
As time went on, though, more and more supporters began to point out that the comment may not actually have been aimed at Kent at all.
The intended recipient may have been a teammate or simply the group as a whole.
We sure it’s Kent he is talking to?
Didn’t even look like Kent had the ball.
— c_thebro2 (@old_skool2) November 23, 2021
If you watch the full video, I don’t even think he’s talking to Kent. He only touches the ball once and it’s a simple pass.
— Brothers In Blue RSC (@BIBRSCShawlands) November 23, 2021
He’s not talking to Kent in this video. Watch the full clip this is only a tiny part
— Robert Menzies (@rmenzies14) November 24, 2021
Kent doesn’t have a ball at his feet when he says that. It’ll be aimed at someone just out of shot
— Willie (@willie_in_oz) November 23, 2021
Makaay makes comment to someone who isn’t Kent.
Kent turns to spit.
Man on twitter leaps to conclusion (wrong).
— Iain (@IainCanuck) November 23, 2021
The comment may well have been blown out of proportion but it does give supporters an early insight into Makaay’s style.
He clearly wants the talented group of forwards at Rangers to do the basics well and sees that as the foundation for success.