RANGERS’ new ‘Head of Performance’ Jordan Milsom is working hard to ensure Rangers’ players can perform to the same level every week – regardless of how many games they end up playing this season.
Milsom arrives at Ibrox from Liverpool where he worked previously with Steven Gerrard, and he is currently working the players to ensure they are able to perform to their absolute maximum on a consistent basis once the season kicks-off.
Speaking to RangersTV in Spain, Milsom said: “The manager’s style of play I think is going to be quite aggressive, both in and out of possession, and to play that way, you need to be able to physically cope with that, not only within a game, but repeated games.
“If we want to be a successful as we want to be, that is going to involve playing 38 league games and hopefully a lot of cup games. So we are talking of between 50 and 60 games competitively for Rangers, and then the international lads may have another 10 or so games on top of that.
“We need to make sure the lads are capable of repeating those games and dealing with the stresses. My job is to prepare them in the best way possible for those demands.”
Milsom explained how his job differs from the rest of the coaching staff at the club, but like the rest of them, he shares in the sense of excitement ahead of the new campaign.
He continued: “I’ve come in with the title of ‘Head of Performance’ so it is about managing the fitness element of the programme and elements of the medical programme as well.
“The idea behind my role is to support fitness, medical and coaching, and primarily looking to keep the players available and on the pitch, but also to allow them to have the physical capacity to deal with the rigours of hopefully a 60 or 70 game season, and meet the technical, tactical and physical demands of the new manager and coaching staff.
“I am really new to this environment, so I’m obviously not sure what it was like previously, but in terms of the feedback from other staff members, players and fans who I have bumped into, there does seem to be a real optimism and buzz around the club and probably half the city as well.”
The work the players have been putting in out in the Spanish sunshine has been intense, and Milsom is delighted with how they are responding to his ideas so far.
He added: “It is difficult when you come in to a new group. You don’t know much about the background other than the odd player who you may be aware of, and some of the staff who have previously worked here have given me some information on some of the other players.
“I think it has gone well – the ability has been high so we have pretty-much kept everyone on the park for every session, and the content of what we have wanted to do we have been able to deliver too.
“So the first few days we have been here have been really good from a physical preparation standpoint.”