Steven Gerrard arrived at Glasgow Rangers in June as a rookie manager, having only looked after Liverpool’s U18’ side.

He took the players to a Spanish training centre to knock his new squad into shape, and every player said it was the hardest pre-season sessions they had ever faced.

He then arranged a friendly against English side Bury back on July 6 at Ibrox Stadium, and the new Gerrard revolution started with a 6-0 hammering in an impressive start to the pre-season.

Since his first Rangers game the new guys played 18 games in about 80 crazy days and only lost once-1- 0 to Glasgow Celtic, away from home.

Eight qualifying rounds in the Europa League games without defeat was an outstanding achievement, as they finally reached the group stage of the competition, and they never lost one game in doing so.

After eliminating all four quality sides, they faced top seeds Villarreal and scored a memorable, well-deserved 2-2 result in Spain last Thursday.

Success has left Rangers fighting for silverware. The title, BetFred and Scottish Cup in an over congested schedule that will last until Christmas.

Once you add the distant travel and the international involvement of the squad – you might think the chance of lots of days off would be welcomed with both hands. Seemingly not!

Despite being offered a day off after Sunday’s 5-1 rout of St Johnstone, most of the first-team appeared on Monday morning.

For many of the Rangers players, the lure of spending more time among their colleagues was considered more beneficial to them than a day off, impressive way to behave.

Gary McAllister along with his boss Gerrard, conducted a review in June of what to change in a modernised environment to make it more appealing to the staff at the Hummel Training Centre.

According to McAllister, this group of footballers are prepared to go that extra mile in their bid to bring silverware and success back to Ibrox.

When a team like Rangers get a group of players showing this sort of dedication and willingness to improve, it can only be good for the club.

They have had to endure big changes since coming to Scotland when 15 new players arrived, so the boss is massively encouraged by what he is witnessing at the club.


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