THE rebuilding process at Rangers has moved on to the next level this week with the acquisition of yet more backroom staff, and new head of Performance Preparation Craig Flannigan reckons he’s arriving at a tremendous time.
The 42-year old will ensure that every player in Mark Warburton’s first-team squad is best-prepared for any challenge they may face, and having arrived from Hibernian, Flannigan is delighted to be here.
He said: “The club have had a fantastic start, and the work that the manager, David, and indeed all the backroom team have done has been remarkable.
The brand of football they are playing, the intensity they play at and also the fact numbers are coming back through the gates makes it a positive environment for sure.
“Directly and indirectly, I’ve been involved in football for 26 years now, firstly working as a player and then with PFA Scotland and the Scottish FA.
“I’ve developed experience on both sides, in terms of a player’s mentality and also seeing the transition into coaching and dealing with people.
“So I think what I have gained in those roles, and in managing different situations has been good for me.
“We [Flannigan, Warburton and Weir] have had good discussions in terms of how they want to do things, and also their philosophies and beliefs and how we want the performance element to be run.
“Hopefully what they are trying to install and have already installed, we can continue that.”
Sports Science is often pointed to as a major part of modern football, and while Flannigan agrees that it has a massive role to play, he warned that there can’t be an over-reliance upon it.
He continued: “I think it’s really important, but in some instances and in some quarters, there is maybe too much of it and some are too reliant on it.
“I think ultimately at the top level, you need to be technically and tactically sound, and while the physical aspect plays a big part, so does the mental aspect.
“There is a lot of information that can be generated from sports science data – possibly too much – and it’s a case of refining what we do with that.”