By Ben Dinnery

10th Jan, 2022 | 5:00pm

Medical expert: Rangers stars 'exhausted' after behind-the-scenes reveal

Rangers stars will hopefully have used the winter break to unwind mentally as well as physically.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.

Rangers are back in action away to Aberdeen next Tuesday (18 December) after the brought-forward three-week winter break.

The reigning champions were one of two Scottish Premiership clubs to oppose the decision to start the winter break early.

In an Instagram post last Wednesday (5 January), forward Kemar Roofe revealed that Rangers training would resume the following day.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst told Rangers TV last month (26 December) that he would use the break to get his “message” across to players.

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Dinnery shared his insight into the programme the manager will likely have implemented to ensure his players come back fighting fit.

“They need some psychological downtime,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“It’s not just about rest from the physical demands, they’ll be mentally exhausted too. You need to be able to relax and focus away from football.

“Players will be given a maintenance routine to keep them ticking over. They will still touch base with members of the backroom staff regularly.

“They will have certain requirements to be met and players will probably be monitored remotely through GPS.

“It’s an opportunity to address some of those minor knocks and niggles that have hampered them through the campaign.

“When you get a chance to refresh, it gives you an opportunity to start that second half of the season injury-free.”

Van Bronckhorst’s side are six points clear of Celtic atop the league table.

They also face Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League last-16 in February.

In other news, Kieran Maguire issues verdict on Rangers boardroom “power shift” after document “becomes public”.