By Derek Smithson

Alex Rae believes that Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has acted on his advice to strengthen the spine of the team.

The Gers are set for a major reshuffle of their squad during the summer transfer window as they look to make themselves competitive for next season.

Veteran defender Bruno Alves and midfielder Ryan Jack have already arrived at Ibrox this summer to show their intent.

It is also understood that Carlos Pena, Fabio Cardoso, Dalcio and Eduardo Herrera could all soon follow by joining the Scottish giants.

Former Rangers midfielder Rae states that he advised Caixinha that the Rangers team needed some extra grit to it and feels he has already make significant progress this summer.

“When I went in for the number three job, Pedro asked me my take on things,” Rae said, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times. “I felt that right through the spine of the team they needed a wee bit of steel.

“They have brought Bruno Alves in, they look as if they will bring in Cardoso too, and it looks like Carlos Pena will come in to compliment Ryan Jack in midfield. It looks as though Pedro has picked up on what a lot of people have been saying.”

He added: “Rangers had a nice passing ethos, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but the amount of times they went on the road last year and dropped points wasn’t acceptable.”

Rangers endured a difficult first season back in the top flight and ended up third in the league table, nine points adrift of Aberdeen in second.

They were an alarming 39 points adrift of unbeaten champions Celtic and will need huge improvement if they are to challenger their Old Firm rivals in the near future.

In other Rangers transfer news, a League One manager has revealed he has made contact about Matt Crooks.

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