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Arthur's Column // 3rd August 2023

The new season gets underway on Saturday and the visit to Kilmarnock is the first of 38 massive league games.

We want to be the Champions by the end of this campaign. Finishing as runners-up again is not going to be acceptable to the supporters. Because of results in the league in the past two years, it was clear we required new players and we had to increase the quality and the mentality.

I know Gio van Bronckhorst felt the same last summer and that was on the back of him winning the Scottish Cup and reaching the Europa League Final.

New players did arrive but too many of them weren't good enough. The scouting and recruitment this time last year should have been better.

Michael has signed eight or nine new players. He now has to find a way for them to gel and work as a unit. They all need to perform and produce.

There are many options in the attacking areas of the pitch.

Danilo has arrived from Feyenoord and a proper transfer fee has been paid for him.

He has many qualities and I'm confident he will score goals for Rangers. He has ability and personality.

The Feyenoord supporters loved him and they were sorry to see him go.

He helped their club win the League last season and Danilo will now want to do it in Scotland.

Well, it all starts this weekend and the trip to Rugby Park will provide a tough test.

We just need to find a way to win. If we are to be serious about doing it this season, then we need to find a way to leave Ayrshire with the three points.

In the pre-season games we have had two or three shaky moments but that kind of thing doesn't concern me at the moment.

Of course, we have to improve defensively and we can play as a unit on Saturday as that's when the real business gets started.

We are now in a hectic period and we need to emerge with victories in the next few weeks, both domestically and in Europe.

We can assess the Champions League tie next week as all that matters right now is beating Kilmarnock.

That is the priority if we are to be standing with the Premiership trophy next May.

Good luck to Michael and the players for the new season. They are all well aware of what they need to do.


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