Tuesday, 3 July 2018

New Saints manager drops telling hint about Rangers friendly

The New Saints’ manager Scott Ruscoe has dropped a hint of just how far ahead his men are in training to Steven Gerrard’s Rangers as the Anfield legend takes the stage for his debut in management during today’s closed-door friendly at the Hummel Training Centre.

The self-confessed Liverpool fan had previously admitted Gerrard is his idol, and he hopes to grab a little chat with him after the match, but today has implied his men are miles ahead of Rangers in terms of preparation even if equally saying they are a much stiffer test than the Macedonian side the Welsh will face in Champions League qualifiers.

He said:

“We’ll see how are we are on Tuesday which is four weeks of training in.”

With Rangers only having returned to training on the 15th of June before jetting off for the 10-day training gig in Spain, Gerrard’s men are considerably behind Ruscoe’s group by around 12 days, meaning fitness will play a bigger role today than normal.

Friendlies of course are all about fitness, and the fact is Rangers are up against a side who have almost a fortnight head start on them, and that may tell, especially in the second half.

Some fans expecting a home whitewash might wish to calm their expectations a tad!
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