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Rangers summer dealings all but over, insists Allen

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Target man: Rangers want Ryan Kent, but their transfer deals may already be done
Target man: Rangers want Ryan Kent, but their transfer deals may already be done

By Steve Simpson

Rangers are "pretty much done" in terms of summer signings but director of football Mark Allen will not call time on their business until the very end of the transfer window.

The Ibrox side have brought in seven new players and are still keeping an eye on Ryan Kent's situation at Liverpool after the winger's successful loan spell in Glasgow last season.

Steven Gerrard has added centre-backs Filip Helander and George Edmundson, midfielders Joe Aribo and Sheyi Ojo, wingers Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie plus versatile forward Greg Stewart.

The Gers welcome Luxembourg side Progres Niederkorn to Ibrox tomorrow night in the second round of qualifying for the Europa League, with fans hopeful that the team can put together a good European run.

However, they may have to hope that the squad they currently have is good enough to make the grade, as Allen commented on potential further moves: "I always say never say never. The transfer window closes in the early part of September this year, so we will go right to the wire, and like all things, if we think there is something out there which can add to what we have already got and we think will make us better, my job is to make that case to the board and see where we get to.

"I think it is fair to say we are pretty much done, but you will always be looking to fine-tune and we will take it to the wire.

"I have always said we have been supported in pretty much everything we wanted to do. We have been prudent with that too in terms of making sure through good scouting and recruitment we are able to identify players who we think will bring value to the overall organisation, and paying sensible transfer fees.

"I think people can see the profile of the team has changed over the last few windows in terms of the athleticism, the pace and the speed and tempo to the way we want to play.

"If we want to play that way, we are going to have to find players who can match that criteria. That becomes a big part of our recruitment drive."

Allen could be busier now trying to get players off the books with the likes of Kyle Lafferty, Joe Dodoo, Graham Dorrans, Eros Grezda and Jason Holt surplus to requirements.

Another player has left following the exit of Daniel Candeias, with goalkeeper Jak Alnwick signing for Blackpool on loan.

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