KEVIN MURPHY can’t wait to get the SWPL season underway as Rangers enter the final two weeks of pre-season.
The Gers assistant boss praised the squad for returning to training in such good shape allowing the coaching staff to ramp-up their preparations.
Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “Being a professional footballer is such a privilege and the players recognise that and I think how they live their lives day to day is testament to themselves and to the football club.
“We quickly realised through the sports science team and the medical team that the players were robust and they were in good physical shape.
“Although we had to be careful in the first couple of weeks, it allowed us to do a lot more on the training pitch than we probably thought which hopefully will help us be ahead of the curve come the start of the season.
“Time is limited in the training centre so we are just having to make sure that we prepare and touch all areas of performance.
“We need to make sure that come the first game we are ready to take three points and obviously ready to compete and push for the title.”
Kevin returned to the club in July to take on a new joint role as First-Team Assistant Coach and Girls Academy Manager and feels it has been an easy transition to settle back into life at Rangers.
He continued: “It has been great, it has been easy with the group of players we have got and the coaching staff and support team. Everything has been really easy for me coming in.
“From the playing perspective there's a few players I've worked with at previous clubs, and there's a few I've worked at youth international but all the other players have been so welcoming and I feel although I've been here a long time already and that is credit to the staff and the players.
“I've seen a massive shift in regards to the women's team and integration within the training centre.
“There is that one-club ethos and as coaches and support staff we are all mingling and we can share good practice.
“We can go and observe sessions from a distance and learn from other coaches and other squads so I think that really helps feed into that culture that all of us within the training centre are best prepared and we are learning from each other.
“Malky has been great. I think for me coming in that was one of the attractions to come back to be honest.
“He is a very experienced coach, he has worked at various levels of the game and also worked abroad so to learn from him has been great.
“It gives me a new outlook on coaching because I am working with someone different so I have learned a lot from him.”
Looking ahead to the new campaign, Kevin says the squad can’t wait to get back into competitive action.
He added: “We just want to play now, we have got a professional team and we are all living and breathing football as much as we possibly can.
“It has been such a hard time for so many people involved in sport as well as life in general so we are just really looking forward to that first game and hopefully we can get a bit of momentum as the season kicks off.”
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