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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 June 2006, 15:42 GMT 16:42 UK
Burke impressed by Le Guen regime
Chris Burke
Burke (left) is expected to be a key figure under Le Guen this season
Chris Burke believes that new manager Paul le Guen has already made a positive impression on Rangers' players during pre-season training.

The Frenchman has a reputation as a demanding coach, and Burke told Rangers World: "It has been really intense stuff from day one and it's been good.

"I think he's settling in well. Every manager has a different regime and you just have to adapt to that.

"He's a gentleman and I hope we'll have a long, successful career with him."

As the Ibrox men get used to Le Guen's methods they are finding that he advocates a 'No pain, no gain' philosophy.

He (Paul le Guen) has brought something different to the club
Chris Burke

The former Lyon coach is putting his new charges through double sessions - running in the morning, followed by ball work and practice matches in the afternoon.

And while it might be shock to their system, the Scotland international feels they are already reaping the benefits.

"We have both a new manager and new coaching staff, and we're gelling together.

"It has been hard but it's been enjoyable," he added.

"I feel as though I'm getting fitter with every training session with each day that passes.

"I am sure everybody else is as well and hopefully it will be a good start to the season."

Le Guen guided Lyon to three consecutive French titles, and Rangers supporters are hoping the new boss can emulate that success.

While the players may be undergoing a punishing schedule they can take consolation in the fact that he understands the value of hard work.

Alex McLeish's replacement completed the Marathon des Sables, a six-day endurance race across the Sahara desert, during his year-long sabbatical from football after leaving the Stade Gerland.

"He has brought something different to the club," said the 22-year-old winger.

"He wants us to push our heart rates to the maximum in every training session and to give it our all.

"I'm sure we can become better players because of it."


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