Thompson: Rangers squad beginning to take shape

Steven Thompson of St Mirren celebrates after scoring during the St Mirren and Celtic Scottish Communities League Cup Semi Final match at Hampden Stadium on January 27, 2013 in Glasgow,...

Rangers are currently in Florida during the winter break, returning to Ibrox next week ahead of their return to competitive football on January 21.

Steven Thompson of St Mirren shows his emotion after his side won the Scottish Communities League Cup Final between St Mirren and Hearts at Hampden Park on March 17, 2013 in Glasgow,...

Former Rangers striker Steven Thompson has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he believes his old side's squad is growing stronger and stronger by the day and reckons they will "come back flying" after the break.

Rangers earned a narrow 1-0 win in the early hours of Friday morning, as they beat Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro at the Orlando City Stadium thanks to a second-half Josh Windass strike.

Manager Graeme Murty has confirmed January deals for Sean Goss and Jamie Murphy, while loanees Andy Halliday and Michael O'Halloran have returned to the side. Lee Wallace, Graham Dorrans and Kenny Miller are also nearing a return from injury.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Ranger at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Thompson, who played for Rangers between 2003 and 2006 and now works for BBC Sport as a Scottish football pundit, claimed Murty's almost new-look squad, as well as the addition of Jimmy Nicholl as assistant, could be "huge".

"I fancy, too, that Rangers will come back flying after the break," Thompson said. "They recalled Andy Halliday and Michael O’Halloran, and brought Jimmy Nicholl in before they headed away for a spell together in Florida.

"That could be huge for them. All of a sudden, a squad that looked poor a month ago might be in pretty good shape. They might have Lee Wallace back soon, Graham Dorrans and Kenny Miller too.

"Add O’Halloran, Halliday, Jamie Murphy and Sean Goss into that mix, and suddenly Rangers are looking really strong."

Kenny Miller of Rangers talks with Rangers majority share holder Dave King is seen during the  Betfred League Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Motherwell at Hampden Park on October 22,...

Rangers next go up against Corinthians with three points likely to throw them into contention to win the 2018 Florida Cup, which is played between eight teams including Legia Warsaw and PSV Eindhoven.

In what is a slightly unusual system, the team with the most points after two matches will win the cup, despite not playing all of the teams. However, a win against Corinthians could give Murty success in Florida. 

The game kicks off at 6pm on Saturday evening, before the Ibrox club return to face minnows Fraserburgh in the Scottish Cup on January 21.

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