Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has previewed Rangers pre-season plans, as quoted by the Scottish Herald.
The 54-year-old is coming to the end of his first campaign as assistant to Stevie G. He admits it hasn’t all went to plan but pinpoints the Europa League run and Old Firm fixtures as particular high points.
“If we can finish with two good performances and get two positive results then that would give us a big high going into the summer,” said McAllister, as
“Our plans for next season have started already. We are back at the training ground in June because of our early start in the Europa League. The first game is mid-July so we will be back four or five weeks before that.
“There is a lot of stuff we are moving on with already. The boys like Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie know where their future lies and they will be excited about coming to a massive club like Rangers.
“We are excited they have signed and are making the step up to us and we can’t wait to work with them and try and make them better. Jake is a young Scottish player and I am a big believer that young Scots should have a pathway to the Old Firm. In turn it helps the national team. I know that sounds a bit romantic but that’s a fact.”
In Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie, Rangers have secured two raw, but extremely talented players.
It must be nice for Jones, in particular, to hear these words from McAllister. He signed his pre-contract agreement way back in January, and with the Hastie deal and all the other transfer rumours which will surround this window, there’s a chance he could feel a little forgotten about. Especially, given his current situation at Kilmarnock.
With such an early start back for McAllister and co., it would make sense for the club to get their transfer business done early. It’s one thing signing players, but another bedding them into the squad, and pre-season offers the best opportunity to do that.
If the Gers are to mount a genuine challenge for the league next time around, they must hit the ground running in August.