Rangers have been handed a boost in their bid to return to fitness ahead of the new season with players allowed to return to full contact training from tomorrow.

The Scottish FA and SPFL’s Joint Response Group (JRG) have written to Premiership clubs to confirm that Scottish Government ministers have lifted the restrictions around training.

View of the exterior of Hampden Park stadium and car park before the 2014 World Cup qualifying football match between Scotland and Macedonia at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland on September 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO/IAN MacNICOL

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“The JRG can now confirm that ministers have formally approved full contact training for Scottish Premiership clubs from tomorrow, Monday 29 June,” clubs have been told.

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“We would, therefore, encourage clubs to inform all Team Staff as soon as possible to facilitate the updated guidance & clarify that the approval for full contact training is inclusive of all Phase 4 requirements outlined in the JRG Return to Training protocols reissued on Friday.

 

Steven Gerrard’s side returned to training recently but have been working in small groups and adhering to social distancing guidelines.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 03: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and assistant Gary McAllister are seen during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and SK Rapid Wien at Rangers Auchenhowie Training Centre on October 3, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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The return to full contact training is another step in the right direction ahead of the new season getting started – although there’s still a fair way to go before we’re close to back to normality.

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Full contact training should at least allow Rangers to step up their training and even play intra-squad bounce games until they can get some friendlies under their belts.

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