Rangers boss Steven Gerrard believes that his summer signings have fully settled in at Ibrox and that his squad is ‘in a good place’.
The Gers secured top spot in their Europa League group on Thursday with a win over Lech Poznan and three summer signings started the game.
Gerrard now believes that there are at least two players fighting for each position at Ibrox but wants his squad to improve even further.
Gerrard is quoted by The Scottish Sun as saying, “Everyone knows what we’re about and what we try and do in terms of our philosophy and the expectations and standards we have tried to set.
“New players have enough time now to settle in. The idea was always to try and build a squad where we had two players fighting for each position.
“The training intensity is really where we want it so we are in a good place. But the challenge for us is you have to work even harder, fight even harder to maintain form and keep everyone in a good place.”
Summer signing Bongani Zungu was handed a rare Rangers start on Thursday while Cedric Itten and Jon McLaughlin also contributed to an important win.
The Gers squad is now incredibly strong with only Nikola Katic ruled out with a significant injury at the moment but Rangers are managing fine without him.
A deep squad is key to being successful on multiple fronts and the strength that Rangers have in their deep squad leaves them in good stead as they look for both European and domestic success this season.
This depth was shown in the recent Scottish League Cup win against Falkirk which came between two vital Europa League games.
Jermain Defoe, Ianis Hagi and Scott Arfield all started that game and got the job done against a vastly inferior side.
Gerrard will have major selection headaches over the next few weeks with no European fixtures to appease players who want game time but I’m sure he would agree that this is a nice problem to have.
In other Rangers news, one manager wants his club to draw the Gers in the Europa League knockout stage.