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DAVE KING is delighted with the transfer business Rangers have done so far, and revealed even more new faces are set to follow.

The Ibrox Chairman gave an insight into his discussions with Pedro Caixinha, and again reiterated the importance of appointing the Ibrox gaffer as quickly as possible rather than waiting to the end of the season.

Speaking to, he said: “I am feeling very good about it. When we brought Pedro in, I think I’m already on record saying we decided to pay compensation for him. He asked me why when I met him, as we could have got him in another month for free.

“The reason was for him to come in, work with the squad in a competitive environment, and know how he wants to play football. It’s going to be far more offensive than it was last year, and he has worked with the squad, found out what they are about and come up with a player plan.

“He’s done that, and I had comments at NARSA in Las Vegas about never wanting to see a 5-1 against Celtic again. From Pedro’s point of view, he did exactly what he was asked to do, and that was to go and test his players the way he wants to play in a competitive environment and find out about them.

“He could have battened the hatches against Celtic and maybe tried to get a 1-1 draw or a 2-1 defeat, but he played the way he wants to play. So, even though we lost 5-1, it has been very, very useful for Pedro, and out of these performances, he has been able to tell from an ability and character point of view what he is looking at for the coming season.

“He has done that on a player-by-player basis, and he has identified specific players for us. At this point in time, we have delivered more than 90 per-cent of the specific players – not the positions – but the players he wants, and we have given them to him with another couple still coming in who are particularly identified by Pedro.

“In this sense, the level of planning he has put in to player identification both in player ability and planning, and the fact we have been able to get most of the players he wants, bodes incredibly well for the season ahead.”

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