The Rangers coach has admitted that intense training sessions have been the order of the day.
He said: “All I can say is that fitness is fundamental to playing football in the modern age. All of our training sessions are intense. They are measured with set periods of time assigned to getting players to the fitness level we believe is needed.”
Considering the high-pressing system that Warburton used at Brentford, it is no surprise that he will be looking to bring the same style of football to Ibrox.
All players have to be able to compete at full physicality for an entire game, and the need to work on fitness levels in pre-season is evident.
There were many criticisms aimed last term at the Rangers squad for a rather lackadaisical approach to a number of games, and Warburton’s approach to playing football should end such issues.
He will demand consistent top level performances, and it is no surprise that the three players he has brought to the club already have the benefit of youth on their side.
They will be fitter and more willing to work hard to impress, rather than some of the overpaid and ageing stars who were turning out at Ibrox last term.
Rangers look to have made a strong coaching appointment in Warburton, with Weir as his assistant, and if he can get the Gers playing like Brentford, there will be no question about the club’s ability to secure a return to the top flight at the end of this coming season.