Rangers: manager Gerrard says ‘mentality must change’ for title defense

Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos’ future in question amid speculation linking him to Porto

“The mentality of the Rangers has to change” as they try to retain their first top Scottish title in a decade, manager Steven Gerrard said.

Ibrox’s side finished 25 points clear last season to ruin Celtic’s hopes of a record-breaking 10th consecutive championship.

But Gerrard has warned that a change in mentality is needed to hold onto the trophy.

“We’re going to be the team that’s being hunted now rather than being one of the hunters, so that changes,” he said. Ranger TV.external link

“We made the story. It will never go, it will be there for the rest of our lives. The players have done very well.

“The challenge will come from different teams in the league.

“The mindset needs to change and we need to maintain our standards that we’ve demonstrated over the past 12 months – and turn up the heat even more.”

New arrival ‘really close’

After signing Zambian striker from Ostend Fashion Sakala and Bournemouth midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh for the new campaign, Gerrard says another arrival is imminent.

“We are very close to a track and I hope that in the next few days we will have an announcement for the fans,” he added.

“There won’t be any big signings because the squad is strong and good. We made some good additions six months ago, so we are looking for quality over quantity.”

As the Rangers team resumed training this week, Alfredo Morelos remains in international service with Colombia at the Copa America.

The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Portoexternal link this summer, but Gerrard wants him to come back “fit and shoot” for the Rangers push for more honors.

“When he finishes the tournament he will have a short break, then will join us for the rest of the preseason and we will try to prepare him for the first game as well,” added the manager.

“It’s important that he does the right things when he stops, until he comes back, because he will have a very short pre-season and we need Alfredo to be fit and shoot for the games. important to come. “

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