By Davie Leggit
While central Scotland shivers in the freezing cold midwinter weather, Graeme Murty’s Rangers squad, fresh from their stunning 0-0 draw at Celtic Park, will be leaving it all behind them for a warm weather break at a luxurious holiday resort in Girvan.
The luxurious Bandilands resort in Girvan
The Ibrox giants will be spending ten days at Bandilands Holiday Park on the Ayrshire coast where they will be able to take advantage of the world class facilities such as the heated, 25 metre indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room, nine-hole pitch & putt course, free wi-fi and a full size football pitch.
The fabulous resort, just 300 metres away from golden sandy beaches, will be the perfect setting for the Saltburn Shankly and his stars to re-charge their batteries in preparation for their assault on title No55 after the winter break.
The players’ WAGS will be allowed to join them for the final three days, with luxury caravans at the resort sleeping up to six people, with both single and double rooms, open-plan living spaces, shower rooms and TV and DVD players (Gold accommodation only).
Places at Bandilands are like gold dust at this time of year, but Rangers legend Peter McCloy was able to use his contacts there to secure a batch of last minute cancellations. The Girvan Lighthouse, who played 535 games for the Ibrox club and won two league titles in his 16 years as Rangers’ No1, is still a popular figure around the ground and was only too happy to help out.
Gers Legned McCloy
An Auchenhowie insider told the Decord, “The boys are going to really feel the benefit from these ten days for the rest of the campaign. It’ll be a working holiday of course, the gaffer has booked the full-sized football pitch for two hours every day while we’re there, and we’ll be working on high diagonal balls from each touchline on the halfway line to the far corner flag, but there’ll also be loads of time just for rest and relaxation.
“It’s not just about work, Murts thinks it will be great for team bonding as well. There’s live entertainment at weekends and there’s arcades there as well, and playgrounds and even a bar, so the boys are going to have a great time. They’ll be raring to go when we get back.”
This will come as ominous news to Celtic with their league campaign faltering and their eleven point lead over the Govan giants looking increasingly precarious.