By Abigail Withey
As soon as the transfer window opened Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha quickly got to work to ensure that he would have the strongest possible squad to improve on last season’s disappointing third-place finish.
The Portuguese manager showed he meant business after performing almost a complete squad overhaul with nine new bodies incoming.
Through pre-season training and friendly matches Caixinha has been able to see how his new recruits have settled in as members of the squad.
And, after the disaster of the Europa League, it seems to be working. In the past week the Light Blues have completed a successful run of friendly matches – a draw against Ligue 1 outfit Marseille, followed by two victories against Watford and Sheffield Wednesday.
Caixinha played with a similar shape and squad in the three friendlies and the positive results could mean the 46-year-old will opt for a similar set-up for the opening games of the Premiership.
Over half of his squad was made up of new additions, with six of his summer recruits making a strong appearance ahead of the start of the Premiership.
Newbies Fabio Cardoso and Bruno Alves joined Lee Wallace and Lee Hodson on the Gers backline, while Josh Windass fought for his position in midfield alongside new faces Ryan Jack, Graham Dorrans and Daniel Candeias.
Kenny Miller, who netted Rangers’ second goal against Sheffield Wednesday was partnered with Mexican forward Eduardo Herrera too, which shows that Caixinha has integrated his new recruits throughout the pitch.
With the success of the formation and players it is likely that the new signings will become mainstay figures in the Ibrox squad during the club’s 2017/18 campaign.
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