Rangers manager Ally McCoist has revealed that he is extremely happy with the way pre-season is shaping out for his team. He has said that the club has improved massively from the pre-season work they did last season.

The club will now be competing in the second division Scottish football and McCoist has said that they need to get their second promotion in two years without fail this season. Rangers managed to beat Bristol city in the third friendly match of the pre-season tour. McCoist was also extremely pleased with the way seven of the summer signings have been able to integrate themselves within the squad.

McCoist had to work with what he had last season because of the transfer embargo, which was only recently lifted. This has allowed the Rangers manager to strengthen the squad substantially by bringing in players. Last year, Rangers were heavily criticised for their poor fitness levels going into the start of the new campaign. McCoist believes that there will be no such criticisms this time around because he has seen his squad worked extremely hard in the last few weeks.

Rangers appear not to be done with their transfer activity yet because they are involved in negotiations to bring in Bilel Mohsni and Boris Pandza before the end of the transfer window.

“Last year everyone was just thrown in together with no real organisation, no games and certainly not the training schedule we’d have wanted for them. This time it is very different and everyone is getting to know each other. I’m not going to tempt fate in terms of results but, looking at our preparations, it’s like night and day between last summer and now. Our fitness levels are far greater and I’m really pleased with how things are going," said the Rangers manager.