Date: 17th May 2018 at 7:15am
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Rangers director of football Mark Allen has revealed that the fans should be expecting players who have both the footballing talent and mental strength to improve the current squad at Ibrox.

The Light Blues have kicked off their transfer business early this season with the captures of Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield and Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor, the pair set to arrive on free transfers when their contracts expire.

Now Allen has confirmed that the Gers are looking to continue bringing in players who have a “certain pedigree”, as they look to improve on a third place finish in the Scottish Premiership.

Speaking to the Evening Times, he said: “Hard work comes before anything and that is the trait we need as we move forward. He (Arfield) comes with ability, experience and great character.

“When you get an opportunity to be at the table and sign players like him you take it.

“No game is won without hard work first. You have to have that ingredient as a footballer. We also need people that can handle the pressure, people that can play in the shirt. Understand what it means to play in the shirt and cope with playing in it.

“The higher level you are able to attract the more chance you have of getting players playing in front of big crowds where they are in focus. We have to find a certain pedigree of player to play for Rangers.”

Rangers’ season will kick off on July 12th with a Europa League qualifying clash.

Football Insider verdict

If nothing else, this summer is hardly going to go as badly as it did 12 months ago. Last year saw Pedro Caixinha undertake a complete overhaul of the senior side, shipping out proven talents and bringing is his own choice of players, very few of which actually lived up to expectation. Their failings in the summer were only fixed by January, with Caixinha also long gone, but that first half of the season cost the Light Blues dearly. Now it looks as if Allen is looking to get business done quickly in a bid to have a decent squad ready for Steven Gerrard’s arrival, and he will not have long before his first taste of competitive action after he takes over in June. Arfield and Allan both look to be smart signings and there will be hopes at Ibrox that the director of football can keep up the impressive job he seems to be doing right now.

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