Since the appointment of former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard to the position of Rangers’ gaffer there’s been a clear uplift in positivity amongst the fanbase at Ibrox.
With Gerrard saying all the right things and the club appearing to be united in their approach on a PR front so far this summer, we’re not just hearing the right things from players either. Departures and new arrivals are ticking all the right boxes for fans.
With pre-season training now in full flow with Rangers out in Spain at our training camp, the players are more than getting used to Gerrard’s demands and requirements ahead of the coming 2018/19 campaign and James Tavernier was recently interviewed by Sky Sports and with a big thing being made of fitness so far this summer, he continued that message by admitting he felt that standards had dropped in recent seasons but that this had already been rectified by our new manager.
Tavernier opened his interview with praise for each of the new men that comprise our management team and went on to say.
“It is a good set-up. They have raised the standard higher which has always needed to be done because it has dropped over the years. Straight away I have noticed the standard and where he wants it and the boys have responded really well. Even from doing small passing drills and our little boxes, the level has already gone up. We are all enjoying the training and we all believe in what he wants us to do.”
It’s not a massive reveal for fans as they have long spoken about ‘levels’ during games as we continue to look to overtake Aberdeen before properly challenging Celtic at the top of the table, but it’s again on message and a provides a consistent line of communication to fans.
With so much emphasis being placed on this angle over the last few weeks there’s no way it’s not central to our pre-season as the club would be setting themselves up for a massive fall when games get underway for real if fans can’t see the fruits of this reported step in intensity and commitment.