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Kenny Black on the importance of having a week with the players

Kenny Black pleased to have time on the training pitch after hectic start to life at Rangers.

Rangers assistant manager Kenny Black has told the official club website that he’s happy to have a full week to prepare the team after a frantic start to his time at the club.

Stuart McCall and Black only had two days to prepare for their first game against Livingston, and three days after that came the game against Alloa, giving them very little time to assess the squad and make any major changes.

But, having five days to prepare before the Hibernian game gave the pair time to change the team, culminating in the 3-5-2 formation used in the 2-0 win at Easter Road.

McCall was clear when he first took on the job that he would need time to look at every player he had available, and the team has improved the longer the ex-Motherwell manager has been able to spend with them on the training pitch.

With almost a full week to focus the players on the game against Cowdenbeath there could be further improvements from Sunday’s vital win in Edinburgh, and Black told the Rangers website that the lack of preparation time was an issue to begin with.

“It was a little concern for us just how quickly the games came about once we joined,” he said.

“Once we were given the green light we wanted to get in as quickly as possible.

"The Livingston game came around very quickly and the Alloa game followed very soon after that.

“It was two games in a division that we didn't really have much awareness of because the last time we worked here it was in the top division at Motherwell.

“We had to hit the ground running and the Livingston and Alloa games didn't go the way that everyone would have liked, but against Hibernian they certainly did and it was much more like it.

“Every club gets a wee lift whenever there is a new management team, because there is a new voice and something different to what they had become used to.”

He continued: “There has been potential here, however, I think the players had gotten themselves into a little bit of a rut, giving away a lot of cheap goals which was giving teams encouragement.”

Although it took longer than expected to get the lift from the new management team, Rangers have now moved into a strong position to challenge Hibernian for second-place and will look to continue that charge on Saturday afternoon.

The Gers currently sit three points behind Hibernian with a game in hand and could mount further pressure on the Edinburgh side with a second consecutive win this weekend.

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