McGregor - Gers must strengthen
Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor admits the club desperately need to bolster their resources.
Last Updated: 14/07/11 5:19pm
Goalkeeper Allan McGregor admits Rangers desperately need to bolster their resources following a string of poor results on their pre-season tour of Germany.
The Gers suffered defeat in all three friendly games without finding the net, going down to Sportfreunde Lotte, who play in the regional leagues below the third tier of German football, plus Bundesliga 2 side Bochum and Bayer Leverkusen.
Director of football Gordon Smith confirmed at the weekend that Rangers were in talks with Espanyol over a move for defender Raul Rodriguez but the Ibrox club are still waiting to hear back after tabling a bid.
Only winger Juan Manuel Ortiz has arrived at Ibrox this summer despite the pledge from Craig Whyte that at least £5million would be made available to revamp the squad.
Manager Ally McCoist has lost numbers from his squad following the departures of loan players Vladimir Weiss, El-Hadji Diouf, Kyle Bartley and Richard Foster.
McGregor told the club's official website: "We are still hopeful things will come together and it has still been a good tour, the results apart.
"We have done a lot of good work behind the scenes and while training has been hard, that is what we have needed.
"Our fitness levels are coming and hopefully they continue rising over the next 10 days so that we're ready for the start of the league.
"At the same time, I think we have seen how much we need to get the right people in and pretty sharpish at that."
While most managers make a raft of substitutions in pre-season games, McCoist did not make one change as Rangers lost 2-0 to Leverkusen on Wednesday night.
The home side were able to bring on former Germany captain Michael Ballack, who netted the second from the spot, but McCoist only had a bench full of youngsters plus David Healy, who has been troubled by a minor ankle injury.
With Kyle Lafferty expected to be out for four to six weeks with a groin injury and Madjid Bougherra fighting to overcome a hamstring strain to make the SPL season opener against Hearts on July 23th, McGregor is eager for action in the transfer market.
"We need to get some new signings into the club," the Scotland number one said.
"I know the manager has been working really hard to get in the guys he feels he needs since he got the job.
"It has been difficult in the sort of climate he is working in, where some guys can maybe earn more money in the Championship than the SPL nowadays.
"But I think it would give us all a lift if we were able to push one or two things through and hopefully that can happen."