Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

McCoist: we need to bolster Rangers squad

Rangers manager Ally McCoist

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has defended his decision to recruit so many new players for next season in the Second Division, insisting fans deserve to see the best possible team on the park.

The Light Blues boss signed several top-flight standard players last year following the club's drop to the bottom tier of Scottish football and he has strengthened again ahead of the new campaign.

So far seven new faces -- Cammy Bell, Jon Daly, Nicky Law, Arnold Peralta, Steven Smith, Richard Foster and Nicky Clark -- have agreed moves to Ibrox.

Asked if the club needs so many new signings, the manager said: "Of course we do because we are a completely different club to any other club in Scotland.

"As everybody saw last year, when Clyde and Stirling Albion and Elgin play against Rangers, it's a different Clyde and Stirling Albion and Elgin that will play Berwick Rangers.

"That isn't a criticism of any of those clubs but it's a fact. The managers will tell you that -- they got a different reaction out of the players when playing against Rangers than they did playing other teams.

"For that reason, we certainly need to be stronger because we are playing higher tempo games and we need to have a bigger squad. The Rangers fans deserve the best players they can get and the best team they can get. By that I mean the one that we can afford to put on the park."

Despite the influx of new arrivals, McCoist has yet to secure the signatures of any central defenders.

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