Giovanni van Bronckhorst pleased with Rangers progress ahead of ‘huge week’

Giovanni van Bronckhorst was looking forward to “a very happy week” following Rangers’ 2-1 win in a friendly against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

In the face of huge commuting assists and in a game that saw many substitutions in the second half, defender Borna Barisic opened the scoring shortly after the break with a superb finish before the North U21 midfielder Ireland Charlie McCann made a significant impact after coming on. to replace the volley in the second goal.

Blackpool substitute Beryly Lubala scored Jon McLaughlin’s late consolation.

New signings Tom Lawrence, Rabbi Matondo and John Souttar all have some playing time and Rangers will now host West Ham in a friendly on Tuesday night before Tottenham visit Ibrox next Saturday for a friendly. Gers’ last game before the opening game of the Premier League at Livingston on July 30. .

Gers coach Van Bronckhorst told RangersTV: “We gave the players a few minutes off last week when we still had West Ham and Tottenham so it looked good.

“I am happy with the win today and I am pleased with the work my players did. Now we go back to Glasgow and prepare for last week.

“It’s been a very important week, you see fitness levels going up and it’s been a pleasure to see John Souttar, Rabbi Matondo and Tom Lawrence, so I’m really delighted that everyone was at the game today. now.”

After last week’s friendly against Sunderland in Portugal was postponed due to a power outage midway through, the Dutchman was pleased with the intensity of training against Sky Bet Championship’s Blackpool.

He said: “I think it was a good game for us, we played 45 minutes last week so we couldn’t rotate the whole squad to have a minute so for some players it was a game. their first match.

“It was a pleasure to see Glen Kamara and Ryan Jack get their first minutes and in the end I am very pleased with the performance.

“I thought we showed high intensity and a good passing game but in the end of course we weren’t satisfied with our goal.”

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