By Dominic Toner

Rangers forward Michael O’Halloran has credited the hard work they are putting in during pre-season and can’t wait for the competitive games commence.

His side completed a 2-1 victory over Charleston Battery on Wednesday in their first pre-season match and the 25-year-old told Rangers TV that they are shaping up nicely.

“I think it was a good performance, it’s obviously only our first game and we’ve been working on things all week and we took that into tonight,” O’Halloran said.

“We’ve been doing a lot of training and working hard, so it was good to get a game under our belts.”

The attacker was used as a second half substitute in the friendly and played a part in Josh Windass’ debut goal after some clever play on the right flank.

O’Halloran joined on a four-year deal from St Johnstone in January 2016 and was a part of the side who clinched promotion from the Scottish Championship.

The former St Johnstone man made 89 appearances scoring 16 goals for them, including six european outings and a Scottish Cup Final win over Dundee United in 2014.

Rangers meet Motherwell in the Betfred Cup for the sides first competitive fixture of the season and the forward insists that they won’t prepare any differently for the tie:

“Motherwell are a good side and they’ve done well, as they were in the top six last season. They have experience and a good squad and they’ve done well in recent years.

“However it’s all about us and we’ll go there with the same mindset as we do when we go to play anybody, our focus is solely on ourselves.”

Manager Mark Warburton been active in the transfer window as he prepares his side for the Scottish Premiership, with familiar names such as Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar and Clint Hill coming through the Ibrox doors already.

In other Rangers news, they have opened talks in a bid to seal ninth summer signing.