Sima - first 60 or last 30?

Maybe a bit too soon to rush him in from the start, however, could end up being brought on earlier than 60 mins depending on how things are going. Buzzing to have him back in the team though, only makes us stronger.
 
Everything you say is true but, my question is more down to the best replacement.
Would you rather have Matondo starting or substitute?
He did well against Hibs but I’m not sure I’d trust him as a starter against them.
He could easily be as effective a sub as Sima.
I know Silva has played wide left but was ineffective against Hibs and again, it’s a trust issue.
Sunday is the most important game of the season for us so I’d be playing our best players first.
Agree with that. Bit of a headache Clement has got but I trust he will do the right thing.
 
If we are behind we of course would benefit from faster attackers coming on the pitch especially when they are usually vulnerable at full back. Matondo and Sima would give us they options.
We could be behind with Sima on the pitch the first 60, then what do we do?
You’re right.
So, for me, go with your best.
 
Start your strongest team. Manage it from there.

If your fit enough to be on the bench your fit enough to play a chunk of the game.
Except the Manager said at the weekend he had players on the bench who were only good for 20-30 minutes. I reckon Sima is only good for 30 minutes, so expect to see him on the bench. And Matondo and McAusland will probably be sitting alongside him.
 
A lot of folk just assuming that if he’s fit enough to play for 60 that he’s actually going to be match fit and able to impact the game the way he did previously. He’s had a long lay off and will likely take some time to get back to his best. My vote is final 30 minutes and to continue to build his fitness up as we move forward
 
If Sima only has an hour in the legs, do you start him and give him longer to impact the game or do you keep him for the last 30 mins when the game is more stretched, players are tired and potentially more space for him to run at their defense?
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I’m sure most right minded Rangers fans will cut him some slack.
Not played for us since January after a bad injury.
Can take players 5 to 6 weeks to get back to top form.
The sharpness is the last thing to return.
Keep him on the bench for a good few weeks.
Shame we’ll never see Sima on one wing and Cortes on the other.
They’d be a real handful.
A first half front 4 of Matondo, Cantwell, Dessers, McCausland followed up by a replacement 4 of Sima, Lawrence, Roofe, Sterling or Wright would do me just fine.
 
Start

Get ahead as early as we can and set the tone for this game.

No regrets, no chasing it second half, ffs learn from our mistakes.
I think Sima is better suited to a late appearance in this match.

I think the idea in your post is spot-on though. I’m a bit tired of watching a Rangers side stare at Celtic going ahead during the first half in these matches and then having a goal to equalise before you get to taking the lead ourselves.

We really need to get on it from that start on Sunday and give Celtic challenge after challenge to meet.

If we are going into the last 20 or 30 minutes and brining someone on then I’d sooner have Sima than Matondo - Sima brings more purpose and threat.
I like that thought of having Silva come on though - in a situation of needing to keep the ball and be clever up front then Silva has proven valuable.
 
Sima won't be ready for more than 20 minutes this week.

Too many seem to think once back in the squad, a player is good to go but it doesn't work like that.

I would think first game he could start is the first after the split
 
I think Sima is better suited to a late appearance in this match.

I think the idea in your post is spot-on though. I’m a bit tired of watching a Rangers side stare at Celtic going ahead during the first half in these matches and then having a goal to equalise before you get to taking the lead ourselves.

We really need to get on it from that start on Sunday and give Celtic challenge after challenge to meet.
Yeah I'd say of our current front options Sima is the most instinctive finisher we have available to us. For that reason I'd like to see him test them as early as possible.

Ideally we go ahead for a change and have them chasing the game. I think wee Matondo although I'm not his biggest fan, proved last week with his pace he can cause a tiring defence big problems.
 
I’d start Sima and the give Matondo the last 30 to run at them. Matondo has been better when starting games but the idea of him being able to use his pace when the game is more probably more open seems logical.

Matondo is also a great option if we are 1 goal up as his pace prevents them from over committing
 
Yeah I'd say of our current front options Sima is the most instinctive finisher we have available to us. For that reason I'd like to see him test them as early as possible.

Ideally we go ahead for a change and have them chasing the game. I think wee Matondo although I'm not his biggest fan, proved last week with his pace he can cause a tiring defence big problems.
I quite like Matondo, however he struggles to be what we want him to be a lot of the time.
Maybe it’s start with Sima and bring Roofe on later (or vice versa)..

If Sima comes back after this period out and clicks straight back into form then it would be wonderful - he had defenses nervous of him and that always helps as a striker.
 
If those were the options, given everything I'd look to bring him off the bench. It's a good way to re-energise the crowd and the team.

I know it was a hypothetical, so this is largely an aside, but I suspect it'll be closer to the 70 minute mark we see him coming off the bench.

Will be 4 - 0 to us by then and CD9 can leave the park a club legend after his hat trick.
 
The 2 old firm games so far have passed Sima by so I'd play him for the last 30, hopefully to score the 5th and 6th.
 
Later on in the game for me, our biggest threat is back and the optimist in me is hoping we win the league and him being injured mean we can afford him.
 
Last thirty. He and Roofe can add another three goals to the six we’ve already scored. Due to this expecting the game to take three hours to complete with the extra time added due to VAR time after each goal.
 
Except the Manager said at the weekend he had players on the bench who were only good for 20-30 minutes. I reckon Sima is only good for 30 minutes, so expect to see him on the bench. And Matondo and McAusland will probably be sitting alongside him.
I agree, and rightly so, I would start with Silva and Sterling wide.
 
He’s a starter for me. He’ll run them ragged when they are cold. He will get us early chances , even a penalty possibly early doors. He’s a handful and they will have big problems dealing with him.
 
Kinda hoping we don’t need him tbh! I don’t think he is fit enough to start. Let Dessers take the standing ovation for his 60 min hatrick then Sima to get a run about to get some minutes in the legs!
 
Seeing Dessers, Silva and Wright starting and then struggling to even press in that first half is a sight none of us should have to suffer again.

Sima should have started the game and must play from the beginning in the remaining matches.
 
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