ANDY Halliday thinks Rangers have had the perfect start to pre-season after beating Coleraine 5-0 in the build-up to this summer’s important Europa League qualifiers.

The midfielder played the second half of the Gers convinving win as Pedro Caixinha fielded two different XIs in the training ground game.

Halliday says it was an important test to continue the integration of the manager’s new signings into the side and he admits the recruits have slotted in seamlessly to the squad. Ryan Jack, Dalcio and Fabio Cardoso all played 45 minutes.

The 25-year-old told RangersTV:

“It was a good run out and I thought the boys did really well in the first half and thankfully we got the tired legs in the second.

“The new boys have settled in really well, it has been an enjoyable start to pre-season, there has not been too much running there has just been an increase in the volume of training sessions.

“We have been doing double and treble sessions and been in early in the morning but that is part and parcel of pre-season and we have gelled with the new boys straight away.

“Everyone knows pre-season is difficult, it has been hard training sessions for the boys but there have been quite a lot of sessions since we came back and I think everyone will agree we just need to get a group of games going.”

Caixinha’s players had just two weeks off before they were called back in for pre-season training on June 5 and will face Europa League opposition in two weeks’ time.

Halliday confesses the Gers minds are already on the beginning of their European journey, they will find out their first round opponent on Monday.

He continued: “We haven’t lost that much fitness, I think that is why we haven’t been doing that much running either.

“It was a short break but the reason we got that short break was because we got that Europa League spot and it’s a bonus for the club to get back into Europe for the first-time in five years.

“Everyone is looking forward to the draw and the first game, it is a massive occasion for the club and we have four tough qualifying rounds to go through but that is why games like today are even more important for us.”

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