Could Van Bronckhorst’s arrival mean a new chapter in the story of Morelos and Rangers – The Athletic

The Broomloan Stand unfurled its sea of flags as the European night, the Alfredo Morleos drumbeat, played out. The rows of white, blue, red and white were not quite choreographed to be a homage to their new Dutch manager but, 51 minutes into Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first game, this was a support communicating their approval.

The musical backdrop was a greeting of sorts, though, or like saying hello to an old friend you thought had maybe gone for good.

As Rangers slumped to a 3-1 defeat in the Premier Sports Cup against Hibernian, Morelos trudged around and gave the ball away with a casualness that suggested he would rather be anywhere else.

On Thursday night, as his two goals sealed Rangers’ place in the last 32 of the Europa League for the third year running, the Seven Nation Army tune that has become synonymous with his winning goals was being sung with an affection that would have been difficult to imagine five days ago.

What a difference a week 48 hours of coaching makes. Van Bronckhorst had clearly got across some of his key principles: moving the ball quicker, forward faster, more width, getting runners up in support.

There was one facet of the performance that should offer encouragement that his arrival could mean a new chapter in the story of Morelos and Rangers.

Links Rechts, the Dutch football anthem that translates as ‘Left, Right’ has been adopted by the Ibrox faithful already, had been blared out as the new goal music when Morelos made it 2-0 against Sparta Prague.

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