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Michael Stewart addresses Rangers’ winter break stance

The Scottish football pundit says he can understand why the Ibrox side wanted to plough on with the rest of the festive fixtures. 

That’s because they’re on “perfect” form under the stewardship of new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst. 

Rangers are unbeaten since the Dutchman arrived in Glasgow, winning seven league games in a row. 

The Premiership has now gone into cold storage for three weeks as the top flight winter break was brought forward. 

Clubs were asked to vote on the matter last week, as Nicola Sturgeon announced all games in Scotland would need to play effectively behind closed doors for the next three weeks due to rising Omicron Covid cases. 

Rangers were one of two clubs who voted that they wanted to continue with the games until January 2, with the winter break due to come into play after that point. 

And Stewart understands their reasons for this. 

Although, he did admit he doesn’t think it will make much of a difference for the Ibrox outfit when they return to play Aberdeen on January 18.

He told BBC Sportscene: “It was always going to be a big game (Celtic vs Rangers) but looking at the period Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been in, this was a tough run of fixtures no matter who was in charge.

“They had to go to Easter Road, Tynecastle, the semi-final just before he came in, and then Pittodrie and Celtic Park.

“Now, up until this stage, it’s been absolutely perfect. There’s no surprise they wanted to continue that form and go to Pittodrie and Celtic Park, coupled with the fact there might not have been any supporters there.

“That’s completely understandable. But we want to get supporters in, we’ve brought forward the winter break.

“Whenever these games do happen, Rangers will be going into them in fine fettle because this run of forms they’re on just now has been absolutely perfect.”

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