Steven Gerrard and Mark Allen will be hoping to sign three or four new top-quality players, who may cost Glasgow Rangers a significant amount of money this summer.

Can the Gers bring any of them in before pre-season training starts? I doubt it, as the free transfers seem to be the first to get signed up under the current financial climate.

If Rangers qualify through to the Europa League group stages, it will be an exceptionally long season and will require a large squad to be successful.

On Monday, the new squad that were not involved in any games for their country will report for training to the Hummel Training Centre. 

The international players who played matches will not join up until they have had some rest. They will be allowed to join up at a later stage.

It is time for Rangers to prepare for the qualifying rounds of the Europa League, which starts on Thursday 11 July and also pre-season friendlies.

Rangers have no confirmed friendly matches lined up for their summer camp in Portugal, but have confirmed three friendlies, all at Ibrox.

Oxford are the visiting team on Sunday, July 7 with Marseille on Sunday, July 14 and Blackburn the following Sunday, July 21 playing in front of hopefully sell-out crowds.

Some of the lads will be more suited to playing against European sides than against the rough and tough SPFL teams., especially the ones away from home.  

Signing two top centre-backs would make a good start, but I’m not sure that 21-year-old George Edmundson from Oldham will be the answer.

The Sun state that Rangers are ready to shell out £600,000 on the defender after Wigan Athletic’s offer of the same amount was accepted.

Despite transfer fees getting to exorbitant levels in recent years, £600,000 is still a fair amount of money for the Gers to spend on someone that is not tested at a significant level.

Steve Doyle has been appointed as Rangers Lead Technical Scout, after being head-hunted by Gerrard to enhance the new scouting system.

Doyle’s new role will put the emphasis on video scouting and he will report to Andy Scoulding, who is the Head of Scouting at the Ibrox club.

“Our department is based on three core principles; eyes, video and data. Essentially it’s about thinking and working in a smart, productive and modern way,” Scoulding told Rangers.co.uk.

For the last dozen or so years, Doyle was at Derby County and was impressed by what he was being offered at Rangers.

He is also a first-class coach, an opposition analyst, and with so many strings to his bow, Doyle will be a great addition helping to improve everything at Ibrox.

Doyle’s role is to improve the efficiency of the club’s scouting process. That is not only in identifying talent but also filtering out options which are not suitable for the club.

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