It’s going to be a long couple of weeks without the joy of watching Rangers in action, but former Ibrox favourite Lee McCulloch believes fans will see the benefits of the winter break when Steven Gerrard’s side return to action.
The win over Celtic at the weekend was the last Gers fixture until 18th January when we play Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup. We don’t play another Scottish Premiership match until 23rd January, away to Kilmarnock.
With a warm weather training camp in Tenerife planned, it’s a fantastic chance for Gerrard and his squad to rest up a little, bond further and work towards making progress in the second half of the season.
McCulloch reckons it could huge for the team, writing in his Evening Times column, he explained:
I think the amount of games has taken its toll on some players in recent weeks. Playing 35, 36 fixtures at this stage of the season is tough, there is no doubt about it, but you need to have that mentality to be able to get through it. You don’t need to play well in every single game, but you still get through them and you still win them.
It is a chance to put the feet up for a couple of days and then get ready mentally and physically for what will be a really tough run-in this season.
If Steven can get a couple of fresh faces in, that will ensure nobody gets complacent and it will give everyone a real boost.
That freshness filters all the way through the squad and can be really important, especially if you can get them in early and they can use the trip to bond into the group.
Also believing that the break will bring personal benefits to manager Steven Gerrard too, McCulloch clearly feels that Rangers will be in fantastic shape after the league shutdown.
Of course, this could apply to other teams in the Scottish Premiership too, but given Celtic will be reflecting on and hurting from a massive defeat and Rangers will be full of confidence, it’s clearly a great time for us to make significant strides.
We can’t wait to see the Gers back in action.