STEVEN GERRARD believes Costa Adeje in Tenerife has been a great destination for his squad as they gear up for the second half of the 2018/19 season.

 

The one-week trip to the Canary Islands allowed the manager and his coaching staff to put the Rangers players through their paces in a hot but ideal climate and they also welcomed new signings Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis to the club.

 

The accommodation, training facilities, weather and location all ticked the right boxes for Gerrard who insists the winter training camp has been hugely beneficial.

 

Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “First and foremost we’ve obviously signed a couple of new faces so I think in terms of integrating them and for them to get comfortable, I think it’s very important.

 

“It’s also been a good chance for us all to reset and regroup and analyse the first six months of the season and really look forward to where we need to improve and how we are going to grow more and also set our sights firmly on our targets.

 

“So it’s been a very important week and the team spirit is very good, and I think looking back on it in a few days’ time it will be really positive.

 

“I think physically and mentally the team and the squad certainly needed the break – and we did as a staff as well because it had been non-stop since June 15 when we came back.

 

“38 games in total, it has almost been like a full season crammed into six months, so we were all running on empty in December and I think that showed in some of our results and performances.

 

“We conceded a couple of late goals and, without blaming anything, you do look at the amount of games and the tiredness and mental fatigue and maybe that was the case.

 

“So the timing was perfect. We gave the players a week off to have family time and really recover, and this week has been really about building them back up and really pushing them physically again to get that base for the second half of the season.”

 

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