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Rangers: Brian Laudrup asks how Rangers players have lost their hunger by winning a trophy.

The idea of ​​a unique trophy that satisfies any Rangers player’s hunger for success is at odds with everything I think the club is about.

I really can’t understand it. It could be argued that Connor Goldson was simply being brutally honest when he spoke Sunday about the missing lead in the team’s performances after last season’s title win.

But let’s be clear here, admitting there’s a lack of hunger in the locker room is the worst thing to say at a club like Rangers. It alarmed me. It really did. And I’m pretty sure Giovanni van Bronckhorst felt exactly the same.

Rangers defender Connor Goldson admitted the players lacked an advantage after the loss

Rangers defender Connor Goldson admitted the players lacked an advantage after the loss

Gers lost in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals to Hibernian on Sunday

Gers lost in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals to Hibernian on Sunday

Gers lost in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals to Hibernian on Sunday

Now it’s your job to refocus and motivate this team. Something has to change. And it changes quickly. It could be a very demanding presentation for the new manager because the display he saw from the booth in Hampden was just terrible.

Hibs loved him more. Everyone could see that. The Rangers haven’t won the League Cup, or any major cup competition, for a decade. So how could there be complacency?

You can almost understand what is happening to the Celtic players during and after Brendan Rodgers’ time at the helm. They had won everything in sight in Scotland. Four successive treble. Total and absolute dominance. One hundred percent success.

That makes some players think of a new challenge. They are looking for another field in which to put their talents to the test.

But these Rangers players? They have only won one trophy. One in ten if you go back to the time Steven Gerrard was named. A ten percent success rate. Hunger for more should be automatic.

Winning the ’55’ was an important and magnificent achievement. And I still believe that there are great talents on this team. But you have to go back to the Rangers and I’m not sure if the expectation of becoming a serial winner is a weight some can’t handle. We will get a more definitive answer in the coming months.

Defensively, the Rangers lacked leadership on Sunday. They were everywhere during the first half. In attack, his great players simply did not appear. Ryan Kent had no impact on the game. That is a factor that has worried me for some time, because everyone knows how much I consider it.

Kent has come out with an injury and sometimes when he comes back it can take a while to get back into his rhythm, especially as a creative player. I can understand that aspect because I have been there myself.

Defensively, the Rangers lacked leadership Sunday in the loss at Hampden Park.

Defensively, the Rangers lacked leadership Sunday in the loss at Hampden Park.

Defensively, the Rangers lacked leadership Sunday in the loss at Hampden Park.

There may be some mitigation for Kent, but I can’t find any on how Alfredo Morelos performed. We used to see him at least running to put a lot of pressure on the opponent. Not always scoring, but working. On Sunday, he practically walked through the game.

For years, there has been regular talk of where Morelos could go after the Rangers, how much his transfer fee could be. But this is the question.

What are you thinking about if you are the sports director of a club in England, France, Spain or Germany and you are looking at Morelos? He is not scoring in Europe, he is not playing well and he does not seem interested. It is not a combination to make someone look for your checkbook.

If Morelos wants to move, you won’t find an attractive new club unless you work out your form.

Can Van Bronckhorst wake up Morelos? Is that possible at this stage of the season? Yes, a new manager can have an impact, but first he has to come from Morelos. It’s been too long since we saw the forward who was exceptional in the 2019-20 Europa League.

Can Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (center) wake up star forward Alfredo Morelos for the Rangers?

Can Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (center) wake up star forward Alfredo Morelos for the Rangers?

Can Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (center) wake up star forward Alfredo Morelos for the Rangers?

Van Bronckhorst might be tempted to put it on the bench for a while and give Fashion Sakala a more consistent run.

It has been difficult for Sakala, coming to a new club but not having the opportunity to establish himself properly as Gerrard had him on and off the team. These are issues that Van Bronckhorst will have to decide quickly because Thursday night’s visit from Sparta Prague has become even more important.

There just has to be a positive reaction. It is of immense importance because it will indicate in which direction this team is going. Some of these players need supporters to get back in position.

The Morelos example fuels the big picture ahead of the January transfer window. While Ross Wilson is very clear that there is no need for a sale, Van Bronckhorst may be looking to generate additional money to firmly put his own stamp on the team.

It's been too long since we saw the forward who was exceptional in the 2019-20 Europa League

It's been too long since we saw the forward who was exceptional in the 2019-20 Europa League

It’s been too long since we saw the forward who was exceptional in the 2019-20 Europa League

But the best players from last season have fallen. Clubs can look at them right now and say, ‘Okay, we’ll go for them … but the money is not very good.’

It could limit the possibility of the Rangers going out and getting real quality. Breaking a potential vicious cycle requires people to fire on full blast again.

In my opinion, Joe Aribo was the only one who stepped forward on Sunday. At least he tried to create things. Particularly in the first half. But he couldn’t do it alone.

Looking at the upcoming games between now and winter break, it’s clear that Van Bronckhorst is not going to allow himself the luxury of a honeymoon period.

The Rangers have great games in Europe. They go to Livingston, Hibs, Hearts, Aberdeen and Celtic in the Premiership. The first trophy of the season is already gone. Celtic have a bit of momentum and that would only increase if they won the League Cup.

The gap at the top of the Premiership at the moment is four points, but it could turn into a very uncomfortable December if Ibrox’s new management team doesn’t get going.

Van Bronckhorst’s credentials are clear to me. He has the pedigree, tactical knowledge, and mindset to thrive in this job. But his first task is to make the Rangers hunger for success once again.

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