STEVEN GERRARD is delighted to have a strong group of players to pick from for Sunday’s game against Hamilton, with Jordan Jones also back in full training.
The manager, speaking at his pre-match press conference at the Hummel Training Centre this morning, was relieved to see players who have been away on international duty return unscathed, meaning he has great options for this weekend’s Premiership visit to the Fountain of Youth Stadium.
When asked about the fitness of his squad, he said: “We’ve had some luck in that department and everyone’s fine.
“We’ve got a full fit squad and Jordan Jones has joined us the last couple of days. Everyone across the board is fit and well, we are just waiting for Alfredo to return. He’ll be tomorrow.
It’s great to have a fully fit squad and obviously we need to continue to look after the players. There are some really interesting fixtures in this next block up to Christmas and beyond, but it’s exciting.
“The players have earned this by going on a run in the League Cup and performing so well in the Europa League and taking it down to the final two games.
“They have earned the chance to have such an exciting block and we are all really looking forward to it, but for me the message to the players has to be the next game. It’s Hamilton away in the league, three very important points, and our total focus is on that.”
Accies boss Brian Rice has several players unavailable for Sunday’s fixture against the Light Blues due to injuries and suspensions but Gerrard expects a tough 90 minutes regardless. He continued: “Never under-estimate anyone.
“It’s always important to show respect and I’ve got a lot of respect for Brian as a coach, so we’ll obviously prepare like we always do for the best Hamilton.
The cameras are there and for a lot of their players it’s a big fixture when Rangers come to town. They’ll have had a good few weeks to prepare for this game so we’ll always prepare for the best Hamilton.”
The manager also provided an update on Jordan Jones’ progress, adding: “He’s back now in terms of full training.
“He’s missed eleven weeks which is probably a couple of weeks longer that we originally thought. That has been a real frustrating one for the player himself and for me, but I’m delighted to have him back.
“His first session yesterday I think he trained on adrenaline and on excitement and he was outstanding. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next couple of sessions he finds it tough, but I predict he’ll be available for selection in probably 10 days’ time maybe, when he has had a full strong week under his belt.”