Despite winning two trophies and reaching another final, Mark Warburton has admitted that Rangers lacked physicality last season but insisted that they appear to have rectified that ahead of their return to the Scottish Premiership, the Daily Record reports.
The Light Blues stormed to the Championship title and clinched the Challenge Cup with little fuss, but their campaign ended on a slightly sour note as they failed to win any of their final five games in all competitions and lost the Scottish Cup final to Hibernian.
And after some time to reflect on their achievements, Warburton outlined what the problem may have been during those final weeks of the season.
"Where were we vulnerable? Probably in terms of physicality last year – you saw that in the Scottish Cup Final. We lacked a bit – I hope we have resolved that," he told the Record.
As the Gers boss suggested, it appears that physicality will not be a problem this season judging by their business in the transfer market.
The likes of Joey Barton, Clint Hill and Matt Crooks all bring a physical presence to the spine of the side that should complement the attractive football that brought them so much success last season.
Warburton appears to have also tried to add some flexibility into their style of play, so that they can take a more physical approach when necessary.
For example, James Tavernier's marauding runs from full-back were a key part of the club's strategy last term, but against the stronger sides in the division, he may want a more disciplined option at right-back, hence why, it seems, he has signed Lee Hodson, who is arguably a much more traditional defender.