Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has been backed by former Ibrox star Alex Rae as he looks to turn the Gers into a force in Scottish football once again.

The Portuguese boss has begun his summer recruitment by adding steel to the spine of his side and that is a move the former Sunderland midfielder has added his support to.

Bruno Alves, Ryan Jack and Dalcio have already been signed by Rangers with Carlos Pena, Fabio Cardoso and Eduardo Herrera are all expected to follow them into Ibrox in the coming week and Rae was full of praise for the work Caixinha has done to reshape his squad so far.

“When I went in for the number three job, Pedro asked me my take on things,” Rae told the 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.

“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.

“With the greatest of respect to the other teams, when you go away from home with Rangers you can actually still play your attacking brand of football.

“But when you go to Tynecastle, Pittodrie, Celtic Park and Easter Road next season too, you have really got to roll your sleeves up and you’ve got to have the personnel that can do that.

“He’s had a couple of months to get used to his surroundings, and he has took on board a lot of information, and he’s identified these issues.”

Although Rae was full of support for the ongoing changes at his former club he does have some concern that the signings are largely all foreign imports.

“They have to hit the ground running, and it looks as though they are trying to do their business very early to give them the best chance,” he said.

“With foreign players though it is always a gamble to see how they will adapt to the Scottish game.

“Even for provincial players here, you have seen over the years some really good players just unable to hack it when they make the step up to a club like Rangers.

“The magnitude of playing for that jersey, the media scrutiny and the pressure is something else.

“Pedro knows these guys and has worked with some of them, but there will always be a question mark over what essentially might be a team of foreigners.”

Rangers returned to training on Monday to prepare for the upcoming Europa League qualifiers with new faces already in place and plenty more to come if reports are to be believed.


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