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INTERVIEW: Declan Drysdale Rangers Reaction

The defender impressed against Rangers...

26 July 2020

Sky Blues centre-half, Declan Drysdale was pleased to get back to action after 140 days against Rangers yesterday afternoon.

City were last involved in a match back in March against Ipswich Town and after a lengthy lay-off from football, Drysdale told how it was nice to finally get back to it.

He said: “It was nice to be back out there and get some minutes under my belt.

“It was tough, and it was a real test for us and of course we knew that because they’re one of the top teams in Scotland, if not the best, but it was just nice to be back out there.

“After the first 10/15 minutes I thought we grew into the game and we started to become like ourselves again, but that was understandable because we’ve only been in two weeks and they’re well ahead of us in terms of match fitness and sharpness.

“But as I said, it was just nice to get back out there again and familiarise ourselves with movement again and having been out for so long and not training every day it’s difficult, but once we’ve come back in its just been back to normal and you adapt again and it’s been difficult but it’s been good as well.”

Drysdale played more minutes than anyone in the game, making way for Jonny Ngandu with 68 minutes on the clock.

The defender came up against striker Alfredo Morelos, who scored 29 goals for Rangers last season, but Drysdale enjoyed the challenge.

“It was a good test for myself against Morelos, he’s one the best strikers in Scotland and I thought he was good, he’s aggressive and he’s always moving so it was a good test for me.”

Having made his debut last season for the Sky Blues, Declan went on to enjoy a loan-spell at Solihull Moors.

But now, as Mark Robins side prepare for life in the Championship this year, Drysdale wants to keep continuing his development and push on from last season.

“I’ve set myself some targets but I’m going to keep that to myself, I’m still young and I’m still developing my game and I’ve got loads to work on.

“I’m going to be open minded and keep learning from the Gaffer, Adi and all the other coaching staff.

“Also, I want to learn as much as I can from Fadz, Rosey and Dom, because they were pivotal to what we achieved last season and I’m hoping to learn from them and be a sponge and take everything in.”

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