TOM CULSHAW can’t wait to see the rest of the Rangers Academy players in action having been impressed with the group training with the first team in Spain.

Culshaw, who was assistant to Steven Gerrard with Liverpool’s under-18s last season, has kept a keen eye on the group of six who have joined in with the top squad for the pre-season training camp in the sunshine.

Speaking to RangersTV, the club’s new First Team Coach explained: “I am always looking out for talented youngsters, and I like to see players progress.

“The youngsters who have been on this trip have progressed daily, and I look forward to going back to Glasgow and seeing what else we have at the training ground.”

Culshaw has been delighted with the progress of the entire squad, not just the Academy boys so far in Spain, and reckons the competition in the squad for places all over the team is adding to the mix.

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He continued: “First of all, I have been really impressed, mainly by the effort. It has been tough out here working in hot conditions, but they have all given, even if it is one of the younger players from the Academy or one of the experienced players who are already at the club or one of the new signings, they have all given 100 per-cent effort and I have been really, really impressed by them all.

“You want competition all over the park and we don’t want anyone getting comfortable in their position – we want them always looking over their shoulder to see if anyone is putting pressure on them, and that goes into the training pitch as well.

“If you train like that, then you will also play like that.”

The excitement among the Rangers supporters for the new season is certainly palpable, and Culshaw revealed that excitement is getting through to the players and staff too.

He added: “We have met a few around the hotel, and they are excited and we are excited. Now all the fixtures are out for the season and the European fixtures are out too, everybody is excited for the first game to start.”

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