As Rangers toil to get their season properly started, many fans have scrutinised the club’s summer recruitment activity.

In a transfer window that was perhaps more about retaining the club’s best players than investing in new ones, the Gers made only four new signings.

John Lundstram joined from Sheffield United, Fashion Sakala from KV Oostende, Nnamdi Ofoborh from Bournemouth and Juninho Bacuna from Huddersfield.

Whilst the latter are yet to be involved, the first two have flattered to deceive with all four signings arriving without a transfer fee.

In a campaign where the club harboured Champions League ambitions, the exit to Malmo didn’t only set the early season tone but it has certainly affected the club’s recruitment prowess.

Comparing the two sides after the club’s 2-0 Europa League defeat to Lyon, Gerrard explained his team done what they could with the resources available.

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“We’ve made the most of what was available. That’s all I can say on that,” said Gerrard [Rangers].

 

“I felt last night that we took huge strides, I thought at times we looked a good team and were more than a match for Lyon.

“Ok, they got both goals, one each half coming off the back of our two mistakes.

“But I didn’t see that gulf and I did feel like we were competitive and I do see Lyon on a similar level to Leverkusen: two Champions League teams who have gone to the latter stages of the Champions League in the last three or four years.

“I don’t feel the same this morning as I did after Leverkusen so, for me, that’s progress.

Rangers FC v Olympique Lyon: Group A - UEFA Europa League

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was tight-lipped when asked about the club’s summer recruitment. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“But at the end of the day we lost 2-0, we’re Rangers and we need to react and bounce back at the weekend.

“That’s my fair assessment of the game.”

There’s certainly some way to go for Gerrard’s summer signings to convince the Ibrox support but it’s been a difficult start for Lundstram and Sakala in particular.

Gerrard also leapt to the defence of one of his summer acquisitions amid much criticism from the stands and online.

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