STEVEN Gerrard has backed the Rangers board to provide him with the funds he needs to strengthen his squad in January – but predicted that more players will leave Ibrox than arrive during the transfer window.

Gerrard spent nearly £10m bringing in eight new players during the summer - and his side has subsequently gone 24 games unbeaten in all competitions in the 2020/21 campaign.

The former Liverpool and England midfielder is confident that he now has both the quality and back-up that he needs to enjoy success domestically and in Europe in the second half of the season.

Glasgow Times: Rangers directors, from left to right, Douglas Park, Graeme Park and Barry Scott. Photo by Paul Devlin/ SNS Group.Rangers directors, from left to right, Douglas Park, Graeme Park and Barry Scott. Photo by Paul Devlin/ SNS Group.

Rangers released their annual results last month and they revealed the Glasgow club had posted losses of £15.9m amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic in the last financial year.

But Gerrard stressed that sporting director Ross Wilson and his scouting team are continuing to identify potential targets and expressed confidence he will be allowed to make further signings if he wants to.

However, he also expects fringe players who aren’t getting a regular start in his first team to go out next month in order to get much-needed game time.

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“In terms of recruitment in January, we’re at a club where we’re always looking so that never stops,” he said. “It’s not a case of when we get close to January we think all of a sudden we’ve got to try and look for players to improve what we’ve got. It’s an ongoing thing.

“If we see something out there that works financially and that we think that can make the team stronger, that’s something we’ll look in to.

“But I’m really happy with where the squad is at in terms of competition for places. There’s no desperation. I’d probably predict there will be more going the other way rather than incomings.

“I’ll never say never because if something becomes available that we like and it makes sense, I do think I would get the support if we needed to do something.”

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Gerrard, whose side play Ross County in Dingwall in the Premiership at noon today, is also keen to tie up Glen Kamara, who has been one of his outstanding performers since August, and other players on long-term contracts.

“I don’t think we’re in any mad rush, but we’re certainly looking at certain situations with Glen and a few others,” he said.