SCOTT ARFIELD is relishing the competition in the squad as he continues his pre-season work after returning from international duty.

The midfielder believes the strength and depth in the squad can help the players to push each other.

He said: “It is great for everybody as soon as you see good players walking through a dressing room.

“If it is not your turn to get the shirt you know that the player who has got it in front of you is going to do a good job. You look at training in terms of competition and you push each other.

“Good teams have got competition all over in every position and that is what makes you successful so everyone is on the same page which is the most important thing.

“Whoever has got that shirt has to keep it and if they don’t they know that someone else wants it.

“I think in terms of the mental aspect we can really handle being Rangers players and we are up for this test.”

Arfield doesn’t think complacency will be a problem as Rangers prepare for the Europa League qualifier second-leg against St Joseph’s tomorrow night.

He added: “As the manager said it will be different players that play so you need to impress everybody.

“I think whoever is going to come into this game, it is an opportunity for them to keep the shirt and give the manager a headache so I don’t think complacency or disrespect will come into it. We are Rangers football players and fully ready for this test tomorrow.

“Obviously we respect them and we respect the opposition that we play but I think it is more about us and the players that are selected to play and hopefully we can get goals and excite people.”

The 30-year-old says European nights are a talking point with the new signings as they hope to follow last year’s progression to the group stages.

He said:

“I think it is the most talked about question in terms of the new players that have come in how good the games were and European nights so the players that were here and experienced that last season have reiterated what a magnificent time it was for us to get into these group stages.

“On other days we would have went through and progressed again but the nights are memorable and the new players are just as desperate as we were last year to bring them games back and this is the second test into this and we are ready for it.”

As one of the more experienced player in the side, Arfield says he has been passing on the same advice he got as a new player at Ibrox.

He said: “I have been saying exactly what I got told when I came in and it was can you handle it, can you handle the pressure and demand on and off the field.

“You get asked questions of you every time you go on the training pitch, every time you are off the training pitch and are you ready for your life to be like that and if you are not you are going to find it tough.

“It does take time for players to adapt to being a Rangers player but for us we need to make it as easy as possible for the new lads coming in.

“What an unbelievable opportunity for anybody playing for Glasgow Rangers at this time and you need to enjoy this experience because we are all ready to go at it.

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