Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed he is happy with the “effort and commitment” shown by his players as he puts them through their paces in Spain ahead of the upcoming season.
The Gers are at a ten-day training camp in Andalusia and the Light Blues boss has been giving his side double sessions as they build toward the Europa League campaign kicking off on July 12th.
Gerrard also revealed that he wanted to get his squad bonding and work on how he intends his side to play – and admitted being away gives him the ideal opportunity to do that.
“I’m very pleased with the effort and commitment the lads have given so far,” Gerrard told Radio Clyde.
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“It’s been a very tough morning for them; it was just running and there was no balls out and they applied themselves very well. The balls will come out in the afternoon.
“There’s a lot of double sessions that will be going on here. The surroundings are glorious and it’s very hot. That’ll help with fitness but we’re here to work and we’re here to grow as a team. Get that bonding and team spirit going and really drive into the lads how we want to play in and out of possession.
“Being away in a hotel gives you that opportunity to not just get two sessions into them but do some classroom work as well.”
Football Insider verdict:
Gerrard has been meticulous with what he is trying to do in his first pre-season as a manager in his own right and will be hoping it reaps immediate benefits. The Gers boss looks to be trying to use methods likely similar to those he went through as a player at Liverpool – and even through his England and LA Galaxy training – to get the very most out of his players. Starting in Europe so early means Gerrard doesn’t have any room for error and – after last season’s humiliation – Gers fans won’t have much tolerance for a repeat performance this season. The Light Blues don’t have many friendlies scheduled either so actual game-time will be very limited to implement the tactical changes needed. Gerrard’s squad is big enough that there is enough quality to run through full-size practice games but without the intensity of a proper game, it only goes so far.
In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.