Johnstone expects Rangers to be better next season

The team’s legendary footballer believes Gerrard can take his players to a new level in Scottish Premier League football.

Former Rangers footballer Derek Johnstone believes Steven Gerrard is the correct coach to take them to Scottish Premier League success.

“Rangers confirmed their first three friendlies ahead of the new campaign this week and Oxford United, Marseille and Blackburn Rovers will all visit Ibrox next month,” he wrote for The Evening Times.

“All of those games should be decent tests for Rangers as they look to progress through the Europa League qualifiers and gear up for the Premiership.”

He explained: “The squad has obviously still to be finalized in terms of who is coming in and who will be going out but Steven Gerrard will have plenty of players there that will need a bit of game time.”

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“He won’t just pick his first-choice side for the first game and then run with that through the qualifiers, so he needs everyone to be up to speed and to be ready to come in.”

“The supporters will get a chance to see how the team are shaping up and to welcome the new players to Ibrox as well and those three fixtures will certainly be beneficial,” the former footballer said.

“Steven needs to find out early on who has hit the ground running so that Rangers can progress through the rounds in Europe.”

Johnstone concluded: “And, of course, they will need to start really well in the Premiership and show that they mean business in the title race next season.”

“There may well be closed door games within the schedule as well once the team is back from their training camp this month.”