They have to win some­thing, it is as sim­ple as that

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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

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