'We need to have standards' - Gerrard sends message to Rangers fans ahead of new season
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has told fans he wants to give them an “exciting team” they can be proud of as he prepares for his first campaign as a manager.
The Gers boss admitted that the players need to “understand” the level of expectation on them at Ibrox and insists his staff will be reminding them of it every day.
Gerrard welcomes his players back to the club’s training ground on Friday for pre-season and is getting right to work meeting the standards at the Gers.
“This club is about the fans, we are aware of that, and we want to give them a team that they are proud of, an exciting team,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Gers’ official website.
“But first and foremost the players need to understand the fans’ demands and the demands of this football club, and that’s what me and my staff will be reminding them every single day.
“We need to have standards and levels around this training facility to improve, to learn, to grow and to become a solid team so we can deliver results when we get down to Ibrox and other stadiums around the world.”
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Football Insider verdict:
The Gers fans have been waiting for years to see their side return to being successful and Gerrard appears to be on the same page as the fans. The Gers boss has made no secret of his own demands of the players and they will have to meet them quickly or face being out the door. With the league fixtures now released, the Light Blues now know exactly what awaits them now when the season gets started – as well as when the first chance is to go toe-to-toe with Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic. Gerrard will now get to work preparing his side before the competitive games get underway and the Liverpool icon will finally get the chance to work with the players up close and get a better idea of who has a place in his plans or not. Next week’s trip to Spain will also give Gerrard a chance to drill into the players exactly what is demanded of them at Ibrox.
aIn other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.