EVERY one of Rangers’ summer signings has made a ‘positive’ impression on the group according to manager Steven Gerrard.
Gers are now well in to their training camp here in the Algarve, with Jake Hastie, Jordan Jones, Sheyi Ojo, Greg Stewart and George Edmundson all having settled nicely into the first-team squad.
The manager is delighted with what he has seen from them so far, and told RangersTV: “They have done very well, and I would say every one of them, so far, has been a positive on the evidence of what we have seen.
“Both on and off the pitch, they are good people and hungry people who want to come in, contribute and make us better.
“That always sends shockwaves around the squad as people who have been here before realise the competition and the levels are going to go up, and as a manager, you are hoping that comes out in results moving forward.
“So the message to the players is to keep pushing as we are going to have options in all the positions and a better quality than we had last season, and that is great news for everyone.”
Gerrard will be further boosted in the coming days by the return of Nikola Katic from international duty following Croatia’s exit from the under-21 Euros, while Scott Arfield is tied to Canada until at least Saturday when they face Haiti in the Gold Cup quarter-finals.
When both arrive back with the squad, they will be pitched straight in, with the manager explaining: “The reason they weren’t available for Kilmarnock was to try and benefit from that decision now. I think it affected us against Kilmarnock as I didn’t really want to change the team too much as we were on a great run with five wins out of five.
“But, because there wasn’t really much to play for, I had to think about now, and I had to think about getting them ready for the qualifiers which are about to hit us.
“So Katic will come straight back in – he had his three-week holiday before his tournament and the same with Scott – but, they will have slightly different programmes to the others and it will be a lot easier for them to pick up the speed and integrate because their programme was different at the back-end of last season.”