Rangers have signed a number of new players this summer.
Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday says Niko Kranjcar has already shown his quality on the training ground while also citing Josh Windass and Clint Hill as two other good signings, the Herald Scotland reports.
The Gers have been arguably one of the busiest Scottish clubs in the transfer market this summer, bringing in a number of new players as the club looks to strike a balance between youth and experience.
It means competition for places will now be higher for the players who helped guide Rangers back to the Scottish Premiership, though most if not all are welcoming the larger squad.
Of the new additions at Ibrox, Halliday has singled out Kranjcar as impressing on the training pitch while adding that both Hill and former Accrington Stanley ace Windass have also showed their worth.
“This year is what it's all about to be a Rangers player. Yes, [Kranjcar and Barton are] two big signings and two big CVs,” Halliday told Herald Scotland.
“I've seen first hand the ability Niko has brought to training but Josh Windass and Clint (Hill) are good signings too. We are all pulling together to get that 55. We are all enjoying it and looking forward to the new season.”
Having plenty of competition for places should help the Rangers players push each other to improve, while the experience of the old heads will be of huge benefit to the club’s younger players.
Halliday will no doubt learn from playing alongside Kranjcar, and it’s a prospect he should be relishing considering how much natural ability the Croatian has displayed over his career.
The former Portsmouth man may now be in his thirties and looked set for a career-ending stint in the US, yet he still possesses superb technique and will be a big threat for Rangers from deadball situations.