Le Guen geared up for new Rangers challenge

July 29, 2006

Rangers manager Paul Le Guen looks forward to his Ibrox career beginning in earnest when he takes his side to Fir Park for the Bank of Scotland Premier League opener against Motherwell on Sunday.

The former Lyon boss has negotiated a fairly successful pre-season with his new team which culminated in a drawn closed-doors game at the club's Murray Park training ground against Bolton on Tuesday.

But now the Frenchman is ready to accept the age-old challenge that all Old Firm managers have to face from their supporters - winning every game they play.

He said: 'There is nothing like competitive games.

'We can play as many friendly games as we want but there is nothing like real competition.

'We did some good work against Bolton on Tuesday even though the first half was better than the second half.

'But we have done the work we had to do in pre-season.

'I am not surprised (that fans expect to win every game). I knew the situation before coming and I am ready for the challenge.

'We won't win every game but I want the players to think of our aims during each training session and each game.'

With skipper Barry Ferguson set to miss the first five games of the season with a heel injury, Le Guen is looking for a captain to lead the Light Blues out against the Steelmen.

Gavin Rae, Kris Boyd and Dado Prso have all shared the responsibility during pre-season games in the absence of the Scotland midfielder.

However, the Frenchman played down the importance of the captain's armband.

He said: 'We have different possibilities for the role of captain.

'Gavin Rae, when he plays, can be captain and Dado Prso can be captain so I have many possibilities.

'The captain is important but not as important to me as perhaps he is to you (the media).

'First of all the captain must be a good player but we have time to decide before the Motherwell game.'

Since arriving from France in the summer, interest has surrounded Le Guen's approach to his new job which, amid a general tightening of discipline at the Govan club, has included double training sessions for the Rangers players.

But the former Lyon boss is reluctant to compare his methods with his predecessor Alex McLeish.

He said: 'I don't want to judge what happened last year, not at all, I just do things my own way.

'It is normal to change things, not for the sake of it but because it's my way of working.'