Rangers ace Sakala expected to bounce back from Leipzig snub - Whelan

By Noel Whelan

29th Apr, 2022 | 6:00pm

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Noel Whelan has tipped Fashion Sakala to lead the line against RB Leipzig at Ibrox after being snubbed from the Rangers starting XI in Thursday’s 1-0 defeat.

The former Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Giovanni van Bronckhorst wanted to “consolidate a 0-0” in Germany.

Rangers started without a recognised striker against Leipzig with Sakala, 25, on the bench.

Scott Wright led the line to begin with, while Sakala only came on with 21 minutes to play.

Whelan suggested Van Bronckhorst wanted to keep things tight in preparation for the home leg.

He insisted the Gers are still “massively” in the tie and they “need to go for it” at Ibrox.

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“I guess you’re looking at what Van Bronckhorst has gone out there to try and achieve,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“If you’re going out there to try and consolidate a 0-0, you need to use a different style of player. Someone’s who’s going to work, run, be more defensively-minded than a centre-forward who’s going to run in behind.

“I don’t think they’re out the game, 1-0 you’d take away from home, absolutely. Bringing this team back to Ibrox, maybe that’s where his opportunity will come as an out-and-out striker.

“They need to go for it and need a bit more centre-forward presence through the middle of that spine. Sometimes, tactically, it’s different when you’re playing away from home in a semi-final.

“They’re massively still in the tie. That’s what Giovanni van Bronckhorst wanted come 94 minutes. Get them back to Ibrox and you’ll see a bit more attacking Rangers.”

Sakala has started 16 times in 44 appearances this season.

Rangers face Celtic on Sunday before welcoming Leipzig to Ibrox next week.

In other news, medical expert fears Van Bronckhorst wrong about Kemar Roofe injury at Rangers.