By Wayne Veysey

8th May, 2017 | 11:48am

Joe Garner: Rangers will be much stronger next season in this key area

By Harry Sykes

Joe Garner is convinced the Rangers players will be much fitter next season due to the demands of manager Pedro Caixinha.

The striker, 29, admitted that standards were not as high in that key area under former boss Mark Warburton.

But Caixinha and his backroom staff have laid down the law over the last two months and made it clear what the expectations will be ahead of next season.

“The gaffer and his ways are a little bit different from the old gaffer and I think it’s going to take a little bit of time to adjust for all the lads,” Garner said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“We got the three points and that’s the main thing. I have been working hard, as have all the lads, since the manager has come in.

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“I think we will be a little bit fitter next year than we have been. It will take a bit of time to buy into what he wants.

“It is a little bit of change for everyone at the club but we look forward to it.”

Rangers bounced back from their 5-1 hammering at the hands of Celtic to beat Partick Thistle 2-1 at Firhill on Sunday.

But they left it late, with Garner heading home in the fourth minute of stoppage time after substitute Barrie McKay had cancelled out Kris Doolan’s opener.

The goal, which secured Rangers a place in the Europa League next term, sparked scenes of pandemonium among the away supporters.

It means Caixinha’s side ended the weekend third in the table, nine points ahead of fourth-placed St Johntone with just three matches of the campaign remaining.

In other Rangers news, Caixinha has made emphatic decisions on four players ahead of the summer window.

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