MALKY Thomson says work has been ongoing behind the scenes to help take Rangers to the next level when they are allowed to return to the pitch...

With the SWPL season currently suspended, the Gers boss has spent lockdown analysing the first seven games of the campaign.

Speaking to RangersTV this week, he said: “It has been difficult because we have only played the seven games so I have analysed them end to the end.

“I've watched and watched them and broken it down into individual players within the team structure just to see how I can possibly give them more information that is going to help them when they come back.

“The pattern of play and pattern of the games has improved from the first game right through to the last. We looked like a solid unit and looked as if we are starting to get to grips with position specific aspects.

“In the last game we played, we made the substitutions and the enthusiasm and the energy they brought to the game was second-to-none.

“I have sat down with Kevin Murphy and we have really looked at the culture of the club and the background and how are we going to take this to the next level when we come back given that we have had a long lay-off.

“We keep in regular touch with the players, but it's has been three months we have not actually been together as a group and three months that we haven't kicked a ball. The important thing to remember is the pandemic is bigger than football so we know what we need to do.

“I'm sure all the hard work we put in prior to Covid will stand us in good stead. We spoke early on in the season about building relationships and the importance of that so hopefully we have done enough work in those months and we will see it coming through and it will keep us together.”

Despite domestic football being on hold, seven Rangers players have been away with Scotland as they rounded of their Euro 2022 Qualifying group this week.

Thomson was pleased to see so many included in the squad, he continued: “It is great for the players individually but it is also good for the staff and everybody around the club.

“I think the recruitment process we have got at the club is great, we are always looking out for talent wherever that may be.

“It is great for the staff that have been working with the players and a lot of the individual work we have done with them to hone their own skills and their game. It is obviously paying dividends in the fact that seven got the call-up to represent their country.

“It gives the others in the squad a boost to see their fellow players because they are a tight knit group and they really want to do well for each other but also they are playing next to these players and if they improve themselves then they have got the opportunity or the chance to be selected as well.”

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Reporter: Louise Shaw