Giovanni van Bronckhorst was happy to see Antonio Colak continue to deliver for Rangers with a brace in the 2-1 win over Dundee United at Ibrox on Saturday.
The Croatian striker was replaced by Alfredo Morelos for the Champions League loss to Napoli at Ibrox on Wednesday night but returned for the cinch Premiership tie against the league’s bottom side and showed his worth again as Gers ended a three-game losing streak. .
Colak celebrated his 29th birthday by opening the scoring in the eighth minute with a drive from inside the box, then grabbing a second just after the break with a close-range finish to take his tally for the season to nine , before Liam Smith scores a goal. back for the visitors to make it a tough ending.
As Rangers head into the international break, Van Bronckhorst told Rangers TV: “I’m very happy. He scored a lot of goals for us.
“It was also his birthday, so it’s always good to have players who can score.
“I’m happy for Antonio but happy for us as a club to have won this game.
“The win was important because we don’t have the whole squad together for 10 days, so it was good to end the first block of games with a win.
“We can now work towards Hearts in two weeks.”
It was a first league start for 20-year-old midfielder Charlie McCann, with 18-year-old defender Leon King also featuring, and Van Bronckhorst said: “I think Charlie did well. His development has been amazing if you see him play.
“Unfortunately we don’t have him in the Champions League squad, but he is one of the players who trains very well.
“Also, it was good that we started with two players from the academy.
“It’s also important for this club. They both deserved to be in the line-up.
“You could see Charlie’s ability, the speed of play. He picks up the game at times.
“He had a few chances to score today and that’s something he needs to improve.”