Rangers boss Steven Gerrard puts his players through rigorous fitness tests at training camp in Spain… but it’s all too much for defender Joe Worrall
- Steven Gerrard put his Rangers players through tough tests on Wednesday
- Gerrard’s players are away in Spain on a warm weather training camp
- The harsh tests did, however, appear to much for Joe Worrall, who was sick
- Jermain Defoe arrived in Spain on loan from Bournemouth on Tuesday
Steven Gerrard isn’t messing about getting his Rangers players ready for the second of the Scottish Premiership season.
Rangers are currently on a warm weather training camp in Spain, where they are being put through rigorous fitness tests.
It all appeared too much for Joe Worrall on Wednesday. The central defender, on loan from Nottingham Forest, was pictured being sick at the side of the pitch after one tough session.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard observes his side during a warm weather training camp in Spain
Joe Worrall, on loan from Nottingham Forest, struggled to cope in the hot conditions
Worrall had to be tended to by club doctor Mark Waller as temperatures soared in Tenerife
Eros Grezda, like many of the Rangers players, uses water to help cool himself down
The rest of Gerrard’s squad used bottles of water to help cool them down as the temperatures rose in Tenerife.
The fitness work is meant to help the players be fitter for the run-in to the end of the season.
They haven’t won a major trophy since 2011, but are level on points with Celtic at the top of the Premiership – having played a game more – and still have a Scottish Cup campaign to come.
Gerrard’s side was boosted by the arrival of Jermain Defoe on Tuesday.
Kyle Lafferty also felt the effects of the hot weather and tough fitness sessions on Wednesday
Glenn Middleton also didn’t appear to be enjoying himself during Scotland’s winter break
Former Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan got through the session but it was a struggle
Defoe, who has joined Rangers on an 18-month loan from Bournemouth, admitted his desire to win silverware was what tempted him to Ibrox.
‘I wanted to come here for obvious reasons; I’ve always known it’s a massive football club,’ said Defoe.
‘The history of the club… as players those are the sorts of clubs you want to play for and do well at. You want to be part of the history if you can.
‘It was an easy decision to be honest. If you love your football like me and you get an opportunity like this it’s hard to turn it down.
Ryan Jack, Ross McCrorie and Steven Davis take a rest during the sessions on Wednesday
‘I’ve been in the Premier League for so long and it’s always nice to have a different challenge.
‘Sometimes you can – not get comfortable – but you are in your comfort zone there and sometimes it’s nice to get away from that and just try and find that fire again, set targets and have a different challenge.
‘Winning trophies was another draw, especially how well the lads have done since Stevie has been in.
‘Being a part of the history and doing something special here, that would be amazing to be involved in.’
Jermain Defoe is targeting a place in Rangers history as he begins his 18-month loan spell