JAK Alnwick admits the whole Rangers squad are excited about what the future holds as the Gers rounded up their pre-season schedule with a convincing win over Wigan.
The keeper played the first-half of the Light Blues fifth clean sheet in a row, while Wes Foderingham took over at the break to save a late penalty from Will Grigg.
Alnwick confesses standards have noticeably heightened since the arrival of Steven Gerrard and his coaching team. The 25-year-old believes the style of play Gerrard has implemented will prevent them being embarrassed by conceding poor goals.
Speaking to RangersTV he said: “I think the standards have gone up massively around the club and it is nice to be a part of.
“You can tell the club is going in the right direction and it is good to see on a day to day basis.
“We have set the standards so high that we came in at half-time and we weren’t happy with everything that had gone on so there were a few words said.
“We know that the standards start from now, even though it is pre-season and a friendly, when a team come to Ibrox we want to control the game.
“We didn’t do that in the first-half and we had a reaction second-half and the second-half was better.
“There is massive hype around the place and as players we are excited as well about the future.
“We have had a good start in Europe and now a positive away result. We just want to give the fans something back.
“We have had a few clean sheets and haven’t conceded a goal yet so we are building from the back and we are trying to be a solid unit.
“We also want to give the fans a few goals so it was nice to get three for them today after a 0-0 first-half because they pay good money to come to a pre-season game.
“We lost a lot of sloppy goals last year which cost us, especially at home where we have away late goals or goals just before half-time.
“The way the manager wants the team to press we won’t concede many goals because we are defending from the front. That is what he is trying to get into the players and it is looking good so far.”
Alnwick has had his chances limited in pre-season due to the arrival of Allan McGregor over the summer. The 36-year-old has started all of Rangers European games so far.
The former Newcastle United keeper finished last season between the sticks for the Gers due to injury to Wes Foderingham and has managed minutes against TNS, behind closed doors, and now Wigan.
“It is good to get out in front of a big crowd again, I have played one friendly behind closed doors but it is always nice to get the feel of the crowd and the stadium again.
“It was good to get 45 minutes in the legs and move forward.”