Danny Mills has claimed Rangers players will need two or three weeks preparation before they can resume the season.
The former Leeds United full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted football fitness is “one of the hardest things to replicate on the planet” and is impossible to maintain at home.
It comes after Ryan Jack told Clyde 1 Superscoreboard, it would take players a “minimum of two weeks of training to try to get the sharpness back” or else “if you come back playing straight away the risk is of picking up injuries.”
The Scottish Premiership, along with the majority leagues in Europe, is suspended for the foreseeable future as the UK heads towards the peak of coronavirus infections.
Asked by Football Insider how long the Rangers players would need to regain fitness, Mills said: “The longer this goes on the longer it will take.
“If you have a month out of training it takes you two or three games to get back. After preseason it takes five or six games to get to real match speed.
“These players have been isolating and they have not been able to get out on the pitch. You can do as much as you like on the bike or the treadmill but it is not the same as twisting and turning – it is not football fitness.
“Football fitness is one of the hardest things to replicate on the planet. It could easily take two or three weeks.”
A warning has been sent from UEFA to all leagues urging them not to void the current season putting Scottish football under pressure, Football Insider has learned.
The Gers trailed Old Firm rivals Celtic by 13 points prior to the announcement all fixtures were to be suspended.