As the second international break of the season comes to an end, Rangers fans will be eager to return to domestic action and take one step closer to the silverware they crave.

Indeed, the fact that silverware has become a realistic prospect and that Rangers are currently two points clear at the top of the league is a testament to the club’s progress under Steven Gerrard.

But the number of players who represented their country at senior level during the international break is also a nod to the progress being made on the pitch at Ibrox.

Joe Aribo’s goal against Brazil was perhaps the highlight of the international break. (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Summer signing Joe Aribo continued his fine progress with another goal for Nigeria. This time against the Samba Superstars of Brazil.

The former Charlton midfielder now has two goals in two caps for his country.

Steven Davis continued to show his fine form for Northern Ireland, playing out of his skin in a narrow defeat in Holland and edging ever closer to beating the British cap record against the Czech Republic.

Scott Arfield too was on fantastic form as Canada made history with a first win against the USA in 34 years.

Borna Barisic completed 180 minutes for World Cup Finalists Croatia and held his own against Gareth Bale, Glen Kamara has helped Finland to the brink of history and Alfredo Morelos started a match for Colombia.

He also did pretty well, contrary to the reports of some newspapers in Scotland [Daily Record].

Alfredo Morelos didn’t manage a goal for Colombia – this time. (Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images)

On top of that, there’s been a host of youth talent starring for Rangers across the continent, not least Josh McPake who scored a top-class winner against the Germany U19s for Scotland.

This all points to more evidence of the improvement Rangers have made on the pitch as the squad is now full of top-class international footballers.

Could you imagine this when we had Fran Sandaza playing upfront?

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