The Rangers boss has opened up about one specific challenge he faced when taking over back in May.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that he thought his squad had an issue with complacency before he took over.

The Liverpool legend has been in charge at Ibrox since the end of May, and has been working hard to try and prepare his side for the new season.

So far, Rangers fans have been impressed with what they have seen from the 38-year-old, who has placed particular emphasis on significantly raising the fitness of his first teamers in order to become more competitive in 2018/19.

Snippets of media put out by the club over the past few weeks have portrayed Gerrard to be quite the authoritarian as a coach, just as many expected following his captaincy at Liverpool.

As reported by the Daily Record, Gerrard has spoken of a wrong he needed to right immediately upon taking the job. He said: “You can’t just expect to be a starter for such a big football club. My aim, coming in, was to make it difficult and to challenge people.

“I need to make them realise they must give me everything they’ve got first and foremost to get a shirt and even more so to keep a hold of it on a regular basis.

“Without being disrespectful, I think players have found it too easy in the past to get into this team. From the outside looking in, I think people have cruised into this team and got comfortable and complacent.”

The former England captain has certainly set about trying to address those issues, and clearly he has carried his leadership qualities straight into the managerial hot-seat.

Rangers fans will be hoping to see a performance full of heart and commitment on Thursday, as the club take on Croatian minnows NK Osijek at Ibrox in the second roung of Europa League qualifying.

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