Former Rangers defender Maurice Ross has opened up on his “indoctrination” as a Gers player coming through the ranks and admitted that it has you at “fever pitch” even in training.
The full-back made over 100 appearances – scoring in a League Cup Final final rout of Motherwell – before bouncing around a number of clubs before he retired in 2013, aged 32.
Ross revealed how an Ibrox deity played his part in it as he made his way into the first-team squad as a teenager.
“The indoctrination started when I was 14,” Ross told Talkin Fitbaw.
“‘No-one likes us we don’t care.’ That badge…they’re playing against that badge. You’ve got to stand up to anything they’ve got.
“John Greig – first week I’m in the building – pulls me. ‘You’ve got to retaliate first’ and all these things. ‘You’ll be getting chopped’ and ‘you’ve got to go higher than them’, in terms of tackles. ‘You go higher than them and we’ll talk about it later’ and all this. What it takes to play for Rangers.
“You start believing it and getting right into it so by the time I’ve broken into the first-team I’ve had three years of this indoctrination.
“When I got in there and I’m training against Andrei Kanchelskis I’m going ‘I’m want to murder you. I’m not letting you get past. I’m not giving a…who you are.’
“That’s you at fever pitch. Fight or flight mode there and it overspills. ”
Ross is now part of the Academy staff at Motherwell and has a burgeoning reputation as a coach working alongside young players.
While few will argue Ross was a key player at Ibrox, far more players could do with that sort of mentality as they make a name for themselves.