They have to win something, it is as simple as that
to within two points of Celtic in the Premiership.
James won’t have been the first one that the manager has had a chat like that with this season and he won’t be the last either.
Players go through dips in form over the course of the season and it can just take a word here and there – and it could come from assistant Gary McAllister or one of the other coaches – to change things for the better.
Rangers is a wonderful club to play for but you have to be able to handle everything that comes with it in terms of the pressure and expectation and that can take a bit of time to get used to.
When you are getting to cup finals and going for league titles, those demands only increase and the players will start to feel that the longer the season goes on if they remain in the title race.
For a lot of them, that will be a new situation. And that is where you will see the manager and Gary and the staff trying to get into the heads of the squad.
Rangers are a club that have to win things. That is why the manager and his team came up to Glasgow and that is why every player signed on the dotted line at Ibrox.
You have to be in the right frame of mind to go out and win games week after week and the work the manager does in team meetings and in individual chats is so crucial.
This is a very important season for Rangers and every player should be aware of that. They have to win something, it is as simple as that.
The Betfred Cup was a real chance that they let slip away and you saw how emotional the side were after that. They knew it was there for the taking.
Now, having beaten Celtic in the Old Firm game, they
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When Rangers came back from Tenerife this time last year, everyone expected them to pick up where they left off after winning the derby at Ibrox and put in a strong challenge. That, of course, didn’t happen.
This time it has to be different and the manager will have used the time in Dubai this week to hammer home that message to ensure Rangers make the most of the games coming up.
This is a big period for Steven as a manager as well but he will have learned so much over the last 18 months and he will be drawing on all his experience as a player to do everything he can to get the team over the line this season.
There is no better place than
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James Tavernier has admitted his boss, Steven Gerrard, gave him a kick up the backside earlier in the season