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Giovani van Bronckhorst has challenged Rangers to step up their efforts to win the Scottish Premiership at Motherwell as they look to respond to their Champions League knock-out midweek.

Rangers head to Fir Park on Sunday – live on Sky Sports Football – looking for a reaction after a 7-1 loss at the hands of Liverpool while keeping pressure on Celtic at the top of the table.

Van Bronckhorst told Sky Sports News: “It was a very difficult game, it was a heavy defeat, it was a big blow for us. “In football you always have to make sure you get to the next game, and for us it’s very important to keep winning the tournament, and that starts tomorrow against Motherwell .

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“We will have to [bounce back]. We’ve always done that after the Champions League, going back to the league to win games and make sure we keep going and keep winning, because that’s what we want.

“There’s a big prize to be given at the end of the road and that’s ‘champion of Scotland’. That’s our main goal and that’s what we have to do tomorrow, continue our form. I got in the league and got three points.”

Goldson out until after the World Cup

Darwin Nunez of Liverpool, left and Rangers & # 39;  Connor Goldson challenges the ball
Connor Goldson picked up a long-term muscle injury in Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Liverpool

Rangers will have to recover without defensive midfielder Connor Goldson, who Van Bronckhorst confirmed will be sidelined with a long-term muscle injury. The Rangers boss challenged Goldson’s defensive colleagues to fill the void left by his absence.

When asked if Goldson’s injury would rule him out until after the World Cup, Van Bronckhorst said: “Yes. He has muscle problems in his thighs, he will be out for a few months, I do. I don’t know exactly how long but it’s been a long time -injury period.

“It’s a big blow. I don’t think he’s missed any games since I got here, only if we give him a break. He’s a player that’s already in the team, in the team while I was here very influential role

“I’m delighted that he has signed and you can see the performances he has for his team, his vocal presence in the back. You can see when he leaves the pitch. on Wednesday we have to communicate more. The other players need to step up and perform that role.”

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There’s been some positive news on the injury front for Rangers, with Van Bronckhorst revealing Ben Davies is expected to be fit for Sunday’s game against Motherwell and striker Kemar Roofe is likely back in the game. against Dundee at the Scottish Cup midweek.

When asked if Davies would come on, Van Bronckhorst replied: “It looks like he’s been knocked on the door, but I think he’ll be fine for Sunday.

“Kemar has been pretty close; he’s been training with the first team for a couple of weeks and we’ll probably see him appear in the cup game of the week.”

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Highlights of the Scottish Premier League clash between Rangers and St Mirren

Rangers won 6-1 and 3-1 in visits to Fir Park last season but two home draws against Steelmen have kept Van Bronckhorst on alert for the threat Steven Hammell’s side could pose. .

“We’ve played there before,” he added. “They’re a team that can play very well. We beat them last year at home, so it’s a very solid defensive team and there’s a lot of threat going forward.

“They have a really big target with players running from midfield and very fast wingers. We have to prepare.

“We’ll have the ball most of the game because we’ve always been dominant in possession, but we need to create chances and score goals and that’s what we’ve done very well in those games. recently.”


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