Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says his players are fired up and full of confidence ahead of Sunday’s fixture against Aberdeen at Ibrox [Rangers Twitter].
It’s the Gers’ first match since their 8-0 win over Hamilton Accies a fortnight ago and the manager is still assessing player availability following the international break.
A number of key men such as Allan McGregor, James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Scott Arfield, Ryan Kent and Kemar Roofe should all be fresh ahead of this one, though, and Gerrard says the mood is good amongst those who have been at the training ground this week.
“The important thing for me is to get the squad all back in and all attention turns to Aberdeen,” he said [Rangers Twitter].
“For me, the players are all looking forward to this and I can feel the confidence in the building, the challenge is always to find that top form again after a break.”
“This is a very important period, but we go game-to-game. Two major tests this week but first thing first, we want a positive result on Sunday.”
Supporters will be excited by the prospect of Rangers returning to action and Gerrard has built the anticipation further by asserting that the players are fired up and thinking positively ahead of what is a massive game.
There’s always some uncertainty around the first match back after an international break and with the title race promising to be tight, the Gers can’t afford to make unforced errors.
Aberdeen haven’t lost a league match since September and they have secured a number of positive results in Glasgow in recent years.
Yet, it seems Gerrard and his players are well aware of the importance of the fixture and are intent on returning to action with a bang.