Rangers midfielder Andy Murdoch has told the Glasgow Evening Times about what he feels is the main benefit of the squad being made to do multiple training sessions ahead of the new season.
Rangers boss Mark Warburton appears to have made it clear to his players that they are going to be one of the fittest teams in the Scottish Championship once the new campaign gets underway.
However, Murdoch doesn’t see that as anything negative and has stressed how he feels it’s going to help the team tactically in big games.
“If you're going pressing, you make sure you are not alone. It is about not giving anyone space,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“They are hard, but you feel you're benefiting from them. Instead of feeling rubbish after them, you feel good.”
Persistence in all games
If Warburton can engineer a situation where his players excel in terms of fitness, they can take advantage when the players in other teams start to get a little tired.
That intense pressing tactic could see Rangers win back and control possession late into games they may be chasing or in situations where they are looking to turn one potential point into three.
Any side that uses pressing tactics as one of the main staples of their play, needs players who are extremely fit because it’s a tactic which is based around the players not staying still for any real length of time.
It’s all about balance
Warburton does have to be a little careful in pre-season because there is always the risk that some players will be a little vulnerable to injury.
If he doesn’t occasionally take his foot off the gas in terms of pushing players, someone could suffer a setback which would have a direct consequence for the first team.