'Good for the players' - Candeias opens up on Rangers pre-season under Steven Gerrard
Rangers winger Daniel Candeias has admitted Steven Gerrard’s pre-season training has been “hard” but thinks it is good for the players ahead of the new campaign.
The Gers ace insisted that while the Gers are at a training camp in Spain it is the time for “hard work” and to take on “new ideas” from Gerrard.
Candeias claimed Gerrard has put him through the hardest pre-season he’s had in his career as Gerrard prepares for his first season as a manager.
“It’s a hard pre-season but it is good for the players because after the pre-season you take the results from it into the long season,” Candeias told RangersTV.
“Now is the time for hard work and the players to take on new ideas from coach – who is very good.
“Yes (it’s his hardest pre-season), before I came here we would just run and not touch a ball for the first three days but it’s good.”
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Gerrard’s comments about the side’s fitness always meant he was going to really put them through their paces in Spain and it isn’t a surprise that Candeias thinks it is the hardest pre-season he’s had. The Gers boss isn’t going to go into the season with any excuses and will be hoping his work on getting the side fitter pays dividends. With only a few weeks until the Gers first game under the Liverpool icon, the Light Blues will still have a fair bit of work to do to get prepared. Candeias will be hoping that he can replicate his form from last season and continue his impressive partnership with James Tavernier down the right flank. The 30-year-old should likely retain his place in the starting XI going into the competitive games and was arguably the best signing of last summer for the Ibrox giants. If he could just add more goals to his game he’d be the perfect winger for the Gers.
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