We’re delighted to welcome former Rangers manager Alex McLeish as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox…

Alex McLeish has heaped praise on Rangers and Steven Gerrard for their progression in transfer activity since he arrived.

The Bears have recently signed Scott Wright, Jack Simpson and Nnamdi Ofoborh, with two of those players having the chance to play in the Premier League last season.

McLeish claims it shows that Gerrard is constantly getting things right, even in the hard month of January – somewhere his former club Liverpool have struggled in recently.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “There has been steady progress when signing players.

“Maybe, a few years ago when Rangers were looking good at Christmas, and then the next one as well, there was a dip after that which was due to the strength-in-depth.

“I think I alluded to this with Liverpool and Klopp. It showed you how difficult it is to get the right player when you’re playing a midfielder in defence.

“They ended up with the right men, and that is exactly what Steven Gerrard has done.”

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Rangers have had opportunities to bring 55 home before this season, but crumbled when the going started getting tough at Ibrox.

There is no chance of that happening, and Gerrard fast-tracked the deals of Wright and Simpson to make sure, as well as giving them more time to settle.

That just highlights the proactive attitude that the Gers have taken in recent transfer windows, and it is clearly working.

Celtic have been left in the dust as they continue to fail on-and-off the pitch, but this reminder from McLeish shows that they can’t rest on their laurels.

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