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Mark Hateley has taken a veiled swipe at Ally McCoist’s Rangers regime for not getting the players fit enough to cut it in the Championship last season.

The Ibrox legend heaped lavish praise on Mark Warvurton's new-look side for the energy and free-flowing style they have shown in the early stages of his managerial reign – and reckons that’s a far cry from the heavy-legged Gers side that failed last season.

Hateley, who forged a lethal strike partnership with old Ibrox pal McCoist, said: “It was refreshing to see a young, energetic side on Sunday against Peterhead and it is a team that will definitely get better.

“The fitness aspect caused a scratching of heads last year. You would have expected the team to be super fit but they didn’t seem to be and were leggy late on in games

“That can only be directed to one area and that is the training ground.

“You don’t have to look at what is happening in training, all you need to look at is what is happening on a Saturday. I have been in the game a long time and you can see from one display on a Saturday what is happening during the week.

“It’s clear, and it’s clear to see what Mark and Davie Weir have brought. With the fitness levels you see right away what’s happening Monday to Friday.

“It’s not rocket science. If you train harder Monday to Friday you’re going to be fit on the Saturday.

“You put things into place so players know what they do. It goes up on the wall on a Monday – we’re doing this, we’re doing that each day.

“It’s the same throughout Europe and it has been like that for as long as I can remember. That’s the way forward and it’s the way professional football clubs operate in the top leagues.

“That’s what Mark is too. He’s ultra professional. He had the same approach at Brentford. He and Davie will bring that with them.

“Davie is a professional through and through. You could always point the finger at Mark for not having played at the level of where Davie has been but the two working together – two very clever men – is a good recipe for the club.

“You can’t get away with a lack of fitness anywhere. It always lets you down.

“Whatever sport you’re playing, especially when it’s a team game, you have to be fitter, faster, stronger, more aggressive than the bloke you’re playing against. If you only have one of those then you’re off kilter. If you have all four it will be a stroll in the park for you.

“Fitness is a basic standard of any professional athlete. Once you’re fit everything comes second nature. The ability you have comes out.

“I go back to the days with Walter Smith and Archie Knox. The hardest pre-season in my whole career was always at Rangers. The fitness levels were needed for 65 or 70 games a season.

“Davie knows more than anyone in the coaching set-up that fitness is vital. After all you don’t play until 57 without that!

“There’s still a long way to go with Rangers. Everything has gone pretty well and what I have seen so far offers great optimism.

“They will get better as the games go by. I’d like to think Rangers, with the acquisitions made and the set-up they have behind the team, will have enough to go up automatically.”

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The first year after demotion i gave Ally the benefit of the doubt because we never got a proper pre-season but looking back now,and thinking what we have achieved in such a short space of time under the new management,i realise this was just a convenient excuse for Ally.

The second season should have seen us running the part-time teams ragged at Ibrox after about 60 minutes of each game,but more times then not it looked like the part time teams were fitter and hungrier.

Theres no point in bashing Ally as he doesn't give a shit about us or the club,the fact he is still picking up his wages say ls it all.

One thing is for sure and that is that Ally will never manage a club again.

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I think this season is increasingly going to show what a roaster McCoist was. And to think he is still leeching the club of money.

it already has. From the signings, the standard of play, to the level of fitness, to the way interviews are conducted. In 2 months MW has already shown what an amateur mccoist was.

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Few legends now coming out and slating McCoist & his farce of a time here and quite rightly so.

The fact his still taking a wage from us makes me sick. Probably getting paid more than Warburton is on just now, the guy is a prick.

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