Rangers manager Philippe Clement is keen to get in a Head of Performance at Ibrox, to cure once and for all, the appalling injury issues at the club.
While currently the blight isn’t too awful, all-too-frequently it most certainly is and Clement was vocal on his unveiling and early press conferences about how much worse at Rangers this issue was compared with every other club he’s been at.
Ergo, the manager is taking action, and making sure a Head of Performance is appointed by the club to ensure better fitness and less injuries.
While Rangers’ fitness levels did see an improvement against Hibernian, nevertheless in the long term this club has fallen short on that front historically, with injuries galore under Giovanni van Bronckhorst and then lethargic performances, themselves a massive downgrade under the same manager following many big matches, such as the SC Final, which went into extra time.
Something definitely broke in that sense, and Ibrox boss Clement is eager to resolve it.
Is a Performance Head the answer? It can’t hurt. It’s not just down to Dr Mark Waller, the chief doctor at the club – he can only deal with things once they’ve gone wrong in the first place – getting the players fit quicker.
But Rangers need something to reduce the instances of needing the club doctor, of requiring intensive rehab and physio, and that’s where the Head of Performance comes in.
Improved fitness, scientifically and data-driven programs to make the players fitter, stronger, faster and more resilient – and less likely to get injured and need Waller.
But of course, there’s the case of captain James Tavernier, who has missed few to no games at Ibrox in 8 years due to staggering fitness, so some ‘freak’ players do just have infinitely more endurance.
Hopefully a Head of Performance will have the players more Tav than Helander.