GARY MCALLISTER is delighted with the players that he and Steven Gerrard and the club’s coaching staff will have to work with in 2019/20 following the arrival of Andy King at Rangers.
The Leicester City midfielder signed a season-long loan deal with the Light Blues yesterday with the news announced after the 3-1 Europa League win over FC Midtjylland at Ibrox.
McAllister is impressed with the strength and depth in the current squad with the Gers looking to battle on all fronts for silverware.
Speaking at today’s press conference at the Hummel Training Centre ahead of Sunday’s Betfred Cup match against East Fife, assistant manager McAllister said: “Sitting on the side and you look on the pitch, I think there is more control.
“I think from the split last season the level of performance and the way we have controlled games and managed games, especially in Europe, there is definitely an upturn from last season.
“I think with the addition of experience, Steve Davis in particular and Ryan Jack, they have been outstanding in the middle of the park for us.
“Our two strikers are scoring goals and we have got four very good centre backs, so you are looking across every compartment of the team and it’s definitely stronger. Certainly from my persepctive I see a greater control in games.
I think if you are looking at the squad we’ve got plenty of cover in most areas, and the facts are now that unless somebody really jumps at us, I think the manager is quite pleased with where the squad is at the moment.
“That doesn’t mean to say that if someone becomes available that we are not interested. I think management teams and managers are always looking to strengthen and when a board of directors ask ‘What do you need?’ you always need better players.”
With Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos currently in great goal-scoring form, McAllister was asked if he feels Rangers could sign another striker in this window in case injuries were to hit. He replied: “You have to remember we have Greg Stewart and we have got Sheyi Ojo who has played up the park.
“We’ve got plenty of alternatives even if we lose both of our strikers. The beauty of being able to rotate is that there is a freshness about the attacking line.”
And what about keeping a big squad happy? He answered: “Well, the ideal scenario is to stay In Europe as long as we can and stay in the cup competitions as long as we can. That’s the best way to keep a squad of 25 players happy!”
Last night’s victory over Midtjylland means Rangers will now take on Poland’s Legia Warsaw in the play-off round for a place in the group stage, with the first leg away at the Stadion Wojska Polskiego next Thursday.
McAllister said: “I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s a stadium where they make plenty of noise.
“Over the two games we have got to fancy ourselves, that’s the way it is. If we can get any team back to Ibrox still in the game, we’ll be happy with that.”