GRAEME Murty says his business isn’t done yet as he targets a further boost to his squad in the final few weeks of the transfer window.
The Gers gaffer has added four new signings already this month, as well as securing Declan John on a permanent deal. In addition Murty has welcomed back Andy Halliday and Michael O’Halloran from loan.
Sean Goss, Jamie Murphy, Jason Cummings and Russell Martin could all make their Light Blues debuts this weekend in the Scottish Cup. But the manager isn’t planning on stopping with those four, he reiterated the importance of getting his blend right though with a tough run in approaching.
Speaking to the media on Friday Murty said:
“I am happy, the people who have come in have added, the guys who have come back in from their loan clubs have contributed as well and the atmosphere around the squad is really positive.
“We have got variety in our attack, we have more strength and depth in the attacking areas and also people who are hungry to come to a big club and push the group forward, which is always good.
“Now we have competition for places which is always a fantastic headache for any manager to have.
“You don’t want to bring too many in that you can disrupt the group, you don’t want to bring too many in so that you are too heavy but I would like to have options all over the pitch and I would like to have competitions.
“I wouldn’t say our business was completed as yet but I wouldn’t like to say how many are maybe going out or coming in at this stage.
“Not many people get second opportunities at this football club, these guys (Halliday & O’Halloran) now have them.
“It is up to them to go and grasp that opportunity by being fantastic in training, by making sure they push their teammates on to a higher level and they really need to go and maximise this opportunity and I am sure they will.
“I have challenged them to do that and they have come back in with really positive attitudes and we hope that can continue.”
While Murty wants further new additions the character of those players will play a significant role in whether they come to Ibrox.
Murty dismissed suggestions he had specifically picked players who knew the Scottish game and explained it was more about signings players who understood the gravity of playing for Rangers.
He continued: “I think we are bringing in good players, the first and only criteria as far as I am concerned is that they have to be a good player.
“Then they have to add to what we already have and knowing the Scottish game or knowing the environment here was one of the things we talked about.
“They have to understand what it means to play at this football club, they have to have the character to go and perform on the biggest of stages.
“If you look at someone like Jason Cummings, and he is a very confident guy who backs his own ability, he is not going to be someone who misses chances and then hides, he is going to want the ball all the time.
“Hopefully he is going to be an absolute pain for centre-halves to play against and he is someone who can add something a little bit different to our group.
“Those are some of the things we look at and we try to add a mixture so the mix within the group is positive. Business is ongoing.”