Rangers defender Connor Goldson says Steven Gerrard wants players ‘dead on their feet’ following their friendly against Bury tonight

CONNOR GOLDSON says Steven Gerrard has told his Rangers players to come off the pitch tonight DEAD on their feet.
The new Ibrox boss has demanded maximum effort in the pre-season friendly with League Two side Bury.


		

				
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		Goldson joined Gers from Brighton	A crowd approaching 40,000 is anticipated as Gerrard fever grips the Gers support.
And Goldson claims they will see a team battle-hardened by a punishing pre-season.
The defender said: “The fans can expect to see energy and they can expect an exciting style of football that requires the players to work hard.
“I think the fans will buy into that. I think they want to see players giving everything.


		

				
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		The defender says Gerrard wants maximum effort against the League Two side	“That’s one of the main things the manager has put across. He wants everyone to go out for the 90-plus minutes and to come off the pitch drained and dead on their feet.
“If we do that, the fans will be on our side. We know we’ll have ups and downs during the course of a season, but if the fans know you’re giving 100 per cent in every game, they’ll be with you.”
Goldson insists Gerrard has given no indication he has an issue with the quality of player he’s working with at Rangers.
He said: “If he went into a manager’s job that matched his playing days, he’d be limited to about ten teams in the world.
“I’m sure he understands the players here aren’t going to be as good as the players he played with.
“But at the same time, he knows, and the coaching staff know, they can improve the ones who are here massively.
“I’m not saying we’ve all improved individually, but as a team, how we play, the intensity we play at and the whole structure, has improved from the first day I was here.
“You can see day-to-day that in every 11 v 11 game, people know what they’re doing more than they did before.”


		

				
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		Around 40,000 fans are expected to pack into Ibrox	Goldson has delayed visiting Ibrox since his £3million move from Brighton and will see it for the first time.
He said: “I was meant to go when I signed, but because of the birth of my son, I couldn’t. Then I didn’t want to go until I played there.
“I know there’s a lot of tickets been sold and I’m sure it’ll be a great occasion.
“I’ve heard all about Rangers fans and it makes me excited.
“I’ve played in front of 45,000 or so against Arsenal at the Emirates, but our crowd can only be a positive for us when they get behind you.
“We need to give them something to cheer about, which can only be useful to us in the long run.
“I look forward to them seeing who we all are. I understand first impressions are usually massive, but at the same time, we’ve got the whole season to make an impression on the supporters.
“I’ve been here for 16 days so far and I can only say that everything’s been positive.


		

				
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		Goldson says pre-season has been tough	“We’ve been working hard, understanding the way the manager and the coaching staff want us to play and the way we understand each other as a team.
“It will keep building, but these games are important for us because we need to get ourselves mentally right and win games, whether it’s a pre-season game behind closed doors or one at Ibrox.
“When the confidence builds and everybody’s behind us, that’s when we’ll see a positive impact.
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“The time we’ve been together has been tough, especially the Spain trip. We had ten days of hard work, with a lot of football as well.
“The style the coaches and manager want us to play requires a fit side and that’s what he worked on in the first ten days.
	
		 
	
	
“Since we’ve got back, it’s been a lot of football and a lot of tactics, work on styles and structures, and that came across well in the closed-door game against TNS.
“I’m quite fit naturally, but it’s been a tough pre-season. It hasn’t been an old-school pre-season like the ones I’ve done at places like Shrewsbury, where you go running on roads and through forests.
“The work has been hard, but it will stand us in good stead.”
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