Rangers manager Graeme Murty believes the Gers trip to Florida can help his side build “really good foundations” going into the second half of the Scottish season.
The Gers spent a week at the world-class IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida before games against Atletico Mineiro and Corinthians – who the Ibrox giants face on Saturday night – as they prepare to try and close the gap on Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.
Murty’s squad have been clearly enjoying the trip as they make the most of the facilities – and weather – in Florida during the Scottish Premiership’s winter break.
Murty revealed he’s told his players to view the games as “high-intensity” training sessions and believes the experience has been “really valuable” for his players.
“I sold it to the players as two high-intensity 45-minute sessions and that’s what it turned into. It was difficult for some of our guys who are not used to the humidity but it was really valuable in parts,” Murty said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“Some of the younger guys got experience against South American opposition.
“The players really responded to some of the things I wanted to do. The spirit has been really good – leading up to and including the fact I got a bucket of ice thrown on my head the other day.
“It just shows they are in high spirits and hopefully we can lay down some really good foundations for the second half of the season.”
Rangers won their opening game of the Florida Cup 1-0 when Josh Windass grabbed the only goal of the game against Atletico Mineiro.
The Ibrox side used 22 players against the Brazilians as Murty made the most of his squad with goalkeeper Wes Foderingham the only fit player not to make an appearance at some point.
Murty’s side return to domestic action on January 21st when they travel north to face Highland League minnows Fraserburgh at Bellslea Park before welcoming Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen to Ibrox three days later.
A win over the Dons would see Murty’s side overtake them in second place in the Scottish Premiership table.
In other Rangers transfer news, it has been reported that Gers are homing in on a top flight player who wants to move to the Ibrox.
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