Harry Forrester says new competition is good for Rangers as they will face greater text this year

Rangers' Harry Forrester reacts

The Gers have signed eight players already this summer ahead of their return to the Scottish Premiership.

Rangers' Harry Forrester (L) scores their first goal

Rangers midfielder Harry Forrester has told the club's official website that the increased competition for places within the squad will only benefit the club as they look to adapt to a higher standard of football next term.

The Gers won promotion back to the Scottish Premiership after a four-year absence after winning 25 of their 36 league matches last season to win the Championship title by an 11-point margin.

In preparation for their return to the top flight, manager Mark Warburton has already brought in eight new faces including former England international midfielder Joey Barton and ex-FA Cup winner and Croatia star Niko Kranjcar.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

Forrester joined the Rangers revolution back in January, but started only eight of his 16 appearances for the club before suffering a season-ending injury in mid-April.

The 25-year-old would be forgiven for fearing for his place in the side next season as a result of the new signings, but instead he has suggested that the fact that Rangers won their division so easily last term means that the players needed more motivation to perform.

Forrester told the club's website: "I think we needed the competition. Last season was a level and we were a lot better than that level.”

Rangers' Harry Forrester and Dumbarton's Steven Saunders in action

"I think we have to play our game this season, the competition is good and it is healthy for everybody – it makes everyone play to the best of their ability and we will all be fighting to get into the starting XI."

Forrester primarily plays in attacking midfield or on the wing for the Gers, and three of the players brought in already this summer - Kranjcar and Accrington pair Josh Windass and Matt Crooks - count those areas amongst their speciality.

The former Aston Villa academy star will likely face a struggle to hold down a regular place this season, but it is nevertheless an exciting time to be on the books at Ibrox.

Rangers' Harry Forrester reacts

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