STEVIE SMITH believes Rangers’ players are building a good understanding with each other as they continue fine-tuning ahead of the new season.

The Light Blues turned in another decent performance yesterday in searing heat at Ashton Gate as they beat Bristol City 1-0 through Lewis Macleod’s goal.

Their Blackthorn Cup success came after some encouraging moments in the two northern tour victories against Brora and Elgin City.

Six of Ally McCoist’s summer recruits started against City yesterday, with only Arnold Peralta not involved after only just joining up with the squad on Friday.

Trialist Belil Mohsni also began the fixture at centre-half in his third game since hooking up with the squad having left Southend United.

Despite having so many new faces to integrate, boss McCoist looks to be doing it well as the incoming players gel with those who were already at the club prior to the summer.

Smith sees that as a positive and is optimistic about the future as Gers seek another title victory in the months ahead.

The 27-year-old said: “We’re building good relationships with each other and that is always important.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done and after the game yesterday we’ve now got a good week ahead of us in Germany.

“We’re looking forward to that and the good thing is there’s still a lot of time for things to develop further.

“There are little partnerships emerging in different areas of the park and I’m sure our link-up play will only improve from here as we go along.

“As the games keep coming, our challenges will get a little bit harder but we’re relishing that and the boys are in good spirits.

“We’re spending a lot of time together and we’re gelling well. There’s a lot for us to be confident about.”

Smith arrived in Germany last night with the squad as they flew out of Bristol in the hours after the match at Ashton Gate.

He’s one of the few people in the squad who have used the club’s Hotel Klosterpforte base in Marienfeld before having been there in 2009.

And the left-back says it’s the ideal place for preparations for the forthcoming campaign to keep gathering pace.

Smith added: “I was there four years ago and the place has absolutely everything we need. We’ll use the facilities there to our advantage.”

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