Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed that the “most important thing” for his squad during the club’s trip to Spain for pre-season training is to start “building relationships.”
The Light Blues are in Andalusia for a ten-day training camp and the Light Blues boss is keen to ensure there are no cliques within his squad.
Gerrard insists that for “best way” for his side to achieve their aims this season is to “fight for each other” as he revealed what he was expecting from the stint on the Costa del Sol.
“The most important thing is for the players to get used to me and my staff,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“And for the staff to get used to the players and start building relationships.
“We said to the players that it is important we become one, we become a group and there is no cliques.
“We are all after the same thing and that is success. The best way for us to do that is to fight for each other and pull in the right direction.
“Togetherness and team spirit, all these buzzwords you hear most pre-seasons are what we are looking for.”
Football Insider verdict:
There have been rumblings of cliques in the dressing room a Ibrox over the last 12 months – always publicly denied – and it is interesting that Gerrard is making the point of ensuring his side are on the same page. While there isn’t any cataclysmic schisms in the Gers squad, avoiding any cliques from forming is something previous Gers bosses have struggled with. With players at the club who were all brought to Ibrox under different managers now, there is less likely to be any splits in that regard – unlike 12 months ago when there was a noticeable split between some of the players brought to the club by Mark Warburton or Pedro Caixinha. That’s gone now and there doesn’t seem to be the same issues – yet – with the players Gerrard has brought in. Previous relationships between some of them might be a factor in that and Gerrard will be hoping that it stays that wat.
In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.