Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has warned summer signings Eros Grezda and Borna Barisic that they must become more resilient to the physical demands of Scottish football.
Barisic has struggled with injuries since making the switch from NK Osijek in the last transfer window and while he’s impressed, he’s failed to get a proper, sustained run in the first-team.
Grezda meanwhile has frustrated supporters with a number of lacklustre performances.
Now Gerrard is calling on them to use the winter break as an opportunity to improve and cement their place in his starting eleven.
As quoted by The Daily Record, the Gers boss said:
They need to use the next two weeks as a mini pre-season to get their bodies ready to cope with the physical demands of Scotland and the regular game schedule.
There’s no doubt both have got quality. Borna has shown that regularly when he’s played but we haven’t had him fit enough so he needs to get more robust.
Grezda has got it all to prove. He needs to push himself to prove to everyone he’s capable of being a Rangers player.
Harsh words for the duo but Gerrard will make no apologies for demanding high standards when it comes to chasing down Celtic in the second half of the Scottish Premiership season.
Unfortunately for Grezda there’s been another setback when it comes to his fitness, with the player pictured on crutches after suffering a foot injury in Tenerife training.
Can the pair prove to Gerrard, their teammates and supporters that they have what it takes to make it at Rangers?