JAMIE MURPHY reckons the Rangers players are learning from all of Steven Gerrard’s new coaching staff.
Murphy, who signed a three year-deal at Ibrox following an initial loan spell in the second half of last season, explained it has been a tough start to life under the new regime with a challenging pre-season programme.
He, however, is loving it so far, and revealed the technical work is already underway for the competitive action getting underway.
Speaking to RangersTV at the club’s pre-season training camp in Spain, Murphy explained: “I didn’t believe it as first! It’s his first job in management, but he has been a magnificent player for years and years and done things at the top level.
“We are all here to learn from him and the coaching staff as well. He has a great bunch of staff behind him and we are all learning from all of them.
“They are all really good. Pre-season has been hard – there has been a lot of running and a lot of working hard, but we have started working on the tactical side of things already so we are prepared for the first game.
“It always happens when a new manager comes in whoever it is. People want to impress and people want to do well.
“In pre-season, things from last season are forgotten about.”
Despite only just putting pen to paper on a permanent deal with the Light Blues, Murphy has felt a full part of things since day one, despite a number of highs and lows in his initial spell wit the club
“To be fair,” he continued, “it doesn’t feel any different and I felt I was a Rangers player from when I signed on-loan.
“It’s about carrying that on and trying to help and improve the team for next year. There were a lot of ups and a lot of downs, but to come up here and get the chance to play for Rangers is great for me.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, but we obviously want to win things. It is why we are all here, and we have to try and improve our performance.
“When a new manager comes in, things always change. People who weren’t playing last year might get the opportunity this year and new faces have come in.
“It is about us all working hard and working as a team to get to that end goal.”
Murphy now can’t wait to taste a European night at Ibrox, having had previous Europa League experience with Motherwell.
His Fir Park spell included a trip to Albanian side Flamurtari, which the Steelmen lost 1-0 in searing heat before Murphy hit a hat-trick in Airdrie for the second leg, which Well won 8-1.
“I always enjoyed the European nights with Motherwell,” he added, “and we had the chance to play against some good sides and we almost got to the group stage one year.
“It is up to us this year to make sure that happens, and I am looking forward to it, especially the first game.
“The first thing I thought in drawing a team from Macedonia is it’s not far from Albania where we played, and I remember it being proper hot.
“It is something we’ll need to be prepared for – we have had a good week here where it has been 25-30 degrees, so it is good practice for what is going to take place.
“If you’re not looking forward to it, there is something wrong. You want to play for Rangers in Europe, it is a big thing for the club and it is why we are all here.
“You don’t want to be knocked out in the first round or whatever – you want to go as far as you can and I am sure we will.”