GARY MCALLISTER believes loan signing Andy King further increases the competition for places in the midfield area at Rangers and that he adds great quality to a squad which continues to get stronger.

The Light Blues start the Betfred Cup on Sunday at East Fife having already played six European matches and two Premiership fixtures.

With a Scottish Cup run also an aim for the second half of this season, McAllister knows how important a big squad will be and he believes signing King provides Steven Gerrard with another terrific option for the engine room.

The 30-year-old is a Welsh international and has won 50 caps, including playing in the team that reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Euro 2016.

He is Leicester’s top scoring midfielder and has played over 375 times for the club winning championships in the top three divisions in England, including the memorable Premier League title win in 2016.

Speaking at today’s pre-match press conference at the Hummel Training Centre, Gers assistant manager McAllister said: “There have been many times when I hear people say they are a winner and they’ve actually never won anything.

We’ve got a genuine winner and [Leicester winning the Premier League] is probably one of the greatest feats ever, not even in British football maybe even world football. I put it right up there as one of the greatest victories ever.

“So that experience of being there, seen it and done it is going to be vital for us.

“The addition of Andy is big because it just brings more competition to a very strong part of our team. But as Andy has said we have got loads of games.

“The Thursday-Sunday we know because of last season so we are semi-used to it. So we know the demands of the travel and then coming back to go again on the Sunday when we go into Europe.”

McAllister is looking forward to Sunday’s trip to Bayview to face Darren Young’s Fifers. He continued: “Absolutely, but the side that will be named at the weekend is going to be strong and it’s an opportunity for players who have not had minutes to go and show the manager.

It’s all about healthy competition for places. We are in four competitions and we want to try and get good runs in all of them.

“East Fife have started the season not bad, a couple of draws. It’s a big game for them, full house, and they’ll raise their game, but we have got to be ready for that.

“For us it is about mentality. The same preparation will be done for East Fife as what we’ve done in recent games in Europe and obviously the two league games. So we go there looking to get a good run in this competition.”

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