Rangers captain, James Tavernier, has provided an update on player activity amid the current suspension of the Scottish Premiership, in a statement released via Rangers FC Twitter.
All Scottish professional and grassroots football has been suspended until at least 30 April by a joint SPFL and SFA response group, in line with similar action taken by the English footballing authorities.
NEWS | Joint Response Group Update – Monday, 23 March.https://t.co/jiK0pFrdDU
— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) March 23, 2020
At this point, it looks highly unlikely that fixtures will resume in May, though, with many questioning whether the 2019/20 campaign will ever be finished.
Nationwide measures banning gatherings of more than two people have ensured that group training for all clubs has also been suspended for the foreseeable future, and Rangers’ foreign players have been granted permission to return home [BBC Sport].
However, all activity hasn’t ground to a halt, with Gers skipper Tavernier confirming players are following individualised schedules.
“As players, we’re in constant contact with the club as the situation changes,” he writes in a statement released via Rangers FC Twitter. “We’ve been given specific fitness and dietary programmes to follow in the coming weeks and all the lads are communicating with each other and with the staff.”
“The programmes are geared towards us being in the best possible physical condition and we are looking forward to being back together at the Club soon. We are ready for the challenges of the current season being completed as soon as it’s safe for everyone to do so.
“Rangers wouldn’t exist without its fans and we want to return when it’s safe to do so in front of our unbelievable fans, and certainly not behind closed doors.”
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 25, 2020
Predictably, the statement sounds a little robotic, with this release perhaps more closely scrutinised than the skipper’s controversial programme comments ahead of the defeat to Hamilton at the beginning of the month.
Tavernier follows the already established Rangers argument that playing matches behind closed doors is not an acceptable scenario, whilst also praising the fans at what is a difficult and unprecedented time for all.
It’s interesting to get some sort of update on the playing staff though, as that kind of information has been relatively scarce since the suspension kicked in.
The captain has made it clear there’s been no slacking off and that the players are still doing plenty to earn their wages, despite the uncertainty surrounding the remainder of the Premiership campaign.