Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has opened up on his frustrations at having to wait to work with his players in one group at the beginning of pre-season – but is much happier now that the Gers are “working for real.”

Gerrard saw his side beat Hamilton 2-1 yesterday in their first match since March as they prepare for the new season starting next month.

The Gers boss has been much happier with things in recent weeks after being allowed to resume full-contact training and is confident he can already see signs of the work done this summer paying off.

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“The first two weeks were quite frustrating because we had to work in small groups, had to do three and four sessions a day and non-contact. That is not normality,” Gerrard told Rangers TV.

 

“But it was nice to see the players, get back into the routine at the training ground and get that step closer back to playing football.

“The last couple of weeks have been better because we have been able to train properly, do a lot of tactical stuff, 11 versus 11, and you can see signs of how we want it to look when it comes to that first game.

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“We are a lot more content and happy now, working for real.”

The Light Blues travel to France later this week to face Lyon and Nice in the Veolia Tournament before returning to take on Coventry and Motherwell at Ibrox.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 11: Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard is seen during a press conference ahead of the Europa League Round of Sixteen match against Bayer Leverkusen at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Rangers boss will need to have his squad up to speed with the Europa League clash with Leverkusen also to be played next month ahead of the 2020/21 edition starting.

Hopefully, the chance to work with the players closely since the restrictions have been lifted will help Gerrard get his ideas across ahead of the league kick-off in a few weeks.

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