Allan McGregor delivers verdict on Rangers pre-season training under Steve Gerrard

Allan McGregor goalkeeper of Hull City keeps a close eye on play during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Aston Villa at KCOM Stadium on March 31, 2018 in Hull, England.

Many Rangers stars have admitted that pre-season has been tough this summer.

Allan McGregor of Hull City prior to kick off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday at KCOM Stadium on April 14, 2018 in Hull, England.

Summer signing Allan McGregor has told Rangers TV, as quoted by the club's official Twitter account, that pre-season training under Steven Gerrard has been "very productive".

McGregor, 36, is one of seven summer signings under the Liverpool and England legend, who has been just as ruthless in offloading some of the Gers' dead wood.

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Gerrard took his side to Spain for a training camp that many have described as the toughest pre-season of their careers, with a big complaint from last season being Rangers' lack of fitness in comparison to Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Allan McGregor of Rangers in action during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Glasgow Rangers FC and Valencia at Ibrox Stadium on October 20, 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland.

McGregor, who has rejoined Rangers after leaving Ibrox in 2012, believes that pre-season has been largely productive for Gerrard's squad - especially when it came to implementing his style of play.

"For me, obviously it's been very productive," McGregor said. "Pre-season is always hard but that is good. I think it has been productive for the boys as well.

"A lot of the boys are saying it has been one of the hardest [pre-seasons] it has been for them - especially because of the way the gaffer is trying to put over the way he wants to play. All in all it has been very productive."

Gerrard has brought in McGregor, defenders Jon Flanagan, Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic, and midfielders Scott Arfield, Ovie Ejaria and Jamie Murphy. 

Steven Gerrard shakes hands with Dave King as he is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

But he has waved goodbye to Jason Holt, Joe Dodoo, Michael O'Halloran and Kenny Miller. Loanees Jason Cummings and Russell Martin have also left, while academy products Jordan Thompson and Liam Kelly have departed permanently.

Rangers are next in action on July 6 as they play host to English minnows Bury at Ibrox in Gerrard's first game in front of a crowd, after beating Welsh side TNS in a behind closed doors friendly. 

Then the Gers begin their campaign in the first qualifying round of the Europa League by welcoming Macedonian side FK Shkupi to Ibrox.

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