Rangers manager Michael Beale has made the fifth signing of his Ibrox reign in Jack Butland – with Jose Cifuentes reportedly set to become number six.

The Gers have announced the signing of 30-year-old Crystal Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland on a free contract, with the former England international agreeing a four-year deal at Ibrox.

The transfer will go some way to filling the void about to be left by legendary Hall of Famer Allan McGregor, who will be released at the end of his contract this summer.

Butland is one of three summer pre-contract signings already announced by Rangers, with Norwich City midfielder Kieran Dowell and Chelsea full-back Dujon Sterling also agreeing deals.

These guys will follow January Michael Beale signings Todd Cantwell and Nicolas Raskin into the club, meaning the Rangers boss has now brought five players to Ibrox with his team beginning to take shape.

Is Michael Beale set to add signing number six to Rangers rebuild?

Rangers are also said to be close to signing 24-year-old Ecuadorean international midfielder Jose Cifuentes, who is reportedly jetting into Ibrox for a medical as the Gers look to strike a deal with LAFC.

The midfielder is out of contract in December and Rangers will need to pay a fee to sign him, but it is telling that Cifuentes was left out of the CONCACAF Champions League final starting XI by the Americans.

While the addition of all these players has brought some excitement to the Gers, attention will quickly turn to who Beale is targeting next in his Rangers revolution.

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The club still need defensive reinforcements – with the likes of Arsenal defender Auston Trusty linked – while Rangers’ much-publicised lack of firepower has the Ibrox support salivating over who might come into the club.

There have been no fewer than ten strikers linked to Rangers this summer and it is an area the club are expected to invest in as they look to regain their domestic dominance.

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