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Jamie Carragher expresses shock at how early Rangers returned to pre-season

Dietmar Hamann and Jamie Carragher, former Liverpool players share a joke prior to the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on...

Rangers will take on Kilmarnock in their opening game of their 2019/20 Scottish Premiership campaign.

Steven Gerrard, manager of Rangers on the side line during the Pre-Season Friendly between Rangers FC and Blackburn Rovers at Ibrox Stadium on July 21, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Jamie Carragher has admitted that he was left shocked at how early Steven Gerrard brought back his Rangers players for pre-season this summer. 

The Gers are in European action this season and given the fact that they need to playing qualifying games before the actual season kicks off, it means players had to return earlier than others. 

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Rangers returned to action on June 17, less than a month after the Scottish Premiership season ended - Gerrard's side were beaten 2-1 by Kilmarnock on May 19. 

 

Speaking to Off the Ball's official YouTube account, Carragher shared that he ended up texting Gerrard after being surprised at Rangers' early return for pre-season. 

"The big shock I got was [when] Stevie Gerrard, it was like June 4th or something, or it must have been around June 10th, and I saw a picture on his Instagram going back on the first day," Carragher told Off the Ball.

"I actually text him. 'Is that you're back now or is that a picture from last season?'. I couldn't believe it. It's because they have to play European games. It was like 'oh my god, the seasons only just finished'. It's unbelievable. You just have to get used to it. It's a 12-month game."

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers is congratulated by Rangers manger Steven Gerrard at the final whistle after scoring a hat trick during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg...

If it wasn't for the high demands of trying to qualify then compete in Europe then the players would have been given extra time off and returned later. 

Saying that, Rangers are on track to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League. They travel to Luxembourg on Thursday where they hold a two-goal advantage over Progres.

But they will only have days to recover because on Sunday, they take on Kilmarnock in their opening Scottish Premiership encounter. 

Steven Gerrard, manager of Rangers on the side line during the Pre-Season Friendly between Rangers FC and Blackburn Rovers at Ibrox Stadium on July 21, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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