Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has told the club's official website that he has see unbelievable quality from Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe – but also a lack of fitness.
The Gers have been busy in the opening fortnight of the transfer window, landing four additions – two for now and two for the future.
Davis and Defoe have arrived on loan from Southampton and Bournemouth respectively, bolstering Gerrard's squad for their Scottish Premiership title push.
Glen Kamara and Jordan Jones have signed pre-contract agreements too, meaning they will arrive from Dundee and Kilmarnock this summer.
The signings of Davis and Defoe have sparked major excitement though, with Davis returning to Ibrox nearly seven years since leaving the club for Southampton.
Defoe, 36, is a proven goalscorer who should give Rangers an extra boost in front of goal, whilst his reunion with ex-England teammate Gerrard is also fascinating.
The pair flew out to Tenerife for a mini-pre-season during the winter break, and Gerrard has been discussing their integration today.
Gerrard has suggested that he has seen 'unbelievable quality' from both players, but has also seen that they are 'not super match fit', meaning their training sessions have been key to getting them closer to full sharpness.
“They have got unbelievable quality on the football pitch,” said Gerrard. “We knew that was not going to be a worry for us and that they are two good people and two good professionals. The key thing for us is for them to get used to their teammates, used to the patterns of play and how we want to play and get them up to speed that way.”
“The important thing is for us to build them up physically as well as they are not super match fit because they have not played many games. They are fit and they are able to train, but we want to get them up to speed with the rest of the group because the rest of this group are very fit, as we’ve showed that for six months. It’s been one of our strengths. We have really shown energy for 90 minutes, so when we get Jermain and Steven up to speed they will be two really big, big plusses in the squad,” he added.
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