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Saturday, 06 July 2013 17:40

My Toughest Summer Yet

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Midfielder Law wants to deliver good results and performances after a tough first two weeks of pre-season Midfielder Law wants to deliver good results and performances after a tough first two weeks of pre-season

NICKY LAW says the last two weeks have given him the toughest start he has ever had to a pre-season schedule as a professional footballer.

The midfielder has been hugely impressed with new head of sports science Jim Henry, who has made a big impact in his first fortnight with the club.

As the Light Blues went through their final training session before their opening warm-up game of the summer today, the players he has been tasked with getting fit looked very sharp.

Gers will face a Brora side tomorrow which comfortably beat a full-strength Ross County line-up 2-0 in midweek and they’ll give the visitors a testing 90 minutes.

But Law is confident he and his new colleagues can cope after going through a rigorous programme since everyone returned to Murray Park from holidays on June 24.

The 25-year-old told RangersTV: “The whole schedule has been pretty hard but the lads are enjoying it and hopefully we’ll keep getting our fitness levels up.

“It has probably been the toughest pre-season I’ve had so far and quite a few of the lads have said that as well.

“Jim has come in and worked us well. There haven’t been massive amounts of running but there have been some short and sharp things that are making us a bit stronger.

“We’ve done a lot of strength work and he has covered all the bases. The lads have been really impressed with him since he came in.

“Hopefully Jim has been impressed with us as well because the fitness levels do seem to be quite high here.

“Now the games are coming along and everybody’s looking good. They’re all ready to go out and play.”

Brora’s win over County means Rangers are likely to approach tomorrow’s fixture at Dudgeon Park with a degree of caution.

Manager Ally McCoist has insisted he isn’t bothered about results in pre-season as long as performance levels are of the desired standard.

But Law is keen to deliver both in tandem and is eager to start the way the Third Division champions mean to go on over the next few months.

He added: “You don’t look too much into results in pre-season because you can see some crazy ones at times with a lot of clubs.

“But we are Rangers and we feel we should be winning every game. That’s including these friendlies and we’ll be looking to win this match tomorrow.

“Hopefully we can give a good performance. That’s what we looking for and we want to set a good tone.”

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