RYAN Jack believes Rangers are already looking stronger than last season after signing five players to date.

The midfielder is currently on the squad’s summer camp in Portugal and says the Gers are in a strong position to enter the new campaign.

Jack was part of a Light Blues squad who were just 90 minutes away from qualifying for the Europa League knockout stages in 2018 and is insistent that won’t mean the team are complacent when they enter the qualifying rounds in a few weeks’ time.

Speaking to RangersTV he said: “I am optimistic ahead of the new season, we have a great squad of boys and we have kept the core of the team from last season so far, hopefully that continues.

“I think we have added real quality and there could be a couple more to come.

“So I think, no disrespect to last season, but I think the squad we are building is getting stronger and stronger, hopefully come the start of this season that shows.

“The games come thick and fast and you need to be ready. This camp has been hard work so far but the staff here make it enjoyable as well.

“There are no doubts about how important this period is. Because we are starting earlier then we need to start pre-season earlier than other teams usually would.

“The calibre of games we will play in Europe will be high, they are tough games and thinking back we played Osijek which personally I thought was one of the toughest ties we had in the Europa League.

“It shows you that if you do take the competition lightly and don’t put in the extra training and hard graft in pre-season then you could get caught out.

“The coaching staff will cover all bases and I am confident we are ready for when we start again.”

The Rangers squad are on day five of their Portugal trip and Jack says it has been a tough visit to the Algarve so far.

Jake Hastie, George Edmundson, Jordan Jones, Greg Stewart and Sheyi Ojo have all joined up with the team and the 27-year-old thinks they’ve had a good start to life with the Gers.

He continued: “I didn’t know any of the new boys before they arrived but they have all gelled really well. Even in training so far you can see they all have their own qualities and what they are going to bring.

“That’s what the camp is for, for gelling and everyone getting together. I am sure when the first game comes we will be a tight squad and be ready for it.

“We are tired, it is tough, you are away from home and it is two sessions a day. It is hard work but this is the stage of the season, it is where you put all the ground work in and you build your fitness for when the games do start.

“The way everyone has come back fit, first and foremost, not maybe really sharp because we are only a week or so into the camp but I think everyone is looking fit.

“As we get sharper and as we build and start to play friendlies then we will be ready.”

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