Steven Gerrard will ensure a view-blocking fence is built at the Rangers training ground, to prevent team selection and tactics leaks, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
The manager recalls that at the start of the season a number of his starting elevens were leaked onto social media and the paper report that a 12ft fence will be constructed to prevent prying eyes from revealing info.
It’s one of a number of training ground improvements that are currently being made, with a small stand being constructed for reserve team matches and a dome erected for indoor training.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Gerrard explained his reasoning for the fence going up:
My starting XI was leaked five times in my early days here because people could see us train.
This is a place where people can’t hold their water. It’s a private training ground but a lot of the people who work here are Rangers fans, so are their mates and they all want to know my team, my style and my tactics.
The same thing happened at Liverpool, probably at every club, but when we work tactically I want it to be private and for the team to stay in-house.
So the fence will be there and I will then know where it’s coming from if the team gets out.
Obviously too much pre-match info ending up in the hands of opponents is a worrying thought and if Gerrard feels he can prevent those kind of details getting out then this is a much-needed project.
It may come across as paranoid or needless to some, but to me it appears to be a logical method of protecting sensitive team planning.
Gerrard is clearly making sure standards up to scratch across the club ahead of the new season.
We haven’t had a peaceful transition between seasons for a number of years now and hopefully the stability pays off when we kick-off in the search of major honours after the summer.
What other off the pitch improvements would you like to see Rangers make? Share your thoughts in the comments below…