Pre-season offers teams renewed hope ahead of the season but Rangers are already down to business.
Today's clash with Marseille is a chance to sharpen skills with competitive games on the horizon.
Rangers certainly appeared up to speed during their 4-0 trouncing of St Joseph's on Tuesday with a place in the second qualifying round of the Europa League all but secured.
But Andre Villas-Boas' Ligue 1 big-spenders will offer a completely different test entirely.
Steven Gerrard has been buoyed by his summer recruitment and secured Filip Helander as his eighth summer signing on Saturday.
And there could be opportunities for the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe to boost their match sharpness against an iconic European name.
Joe Aribo is another in need of minutes after several eye-catching cameo appearances. Sheyi Ojo has looked the real deal and the winger will be in search of more goals.
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Edmundson on his journey to Rangers
George Edmundson knows his career could have gone down a very different route when he was at a crossroads at the tender age of 17.
It was a case of ‘thanks but no thanks’ when he rolled up at Accrington Stanley.
It was the same story when he went to Oldham at first. Agreeing to make up the numbers in a youth final for Oldham, when others had been punted for stinking attitudes, proved a turning point and saved his career.
In a testament to his never-say-die attitude he was offered a contract at Boundary Park and would go on to net the Latics £700,000 when he moved to Ibrox this summer.
Ojo loving life at Rangers
Sheyi Ojo is over the moon with his instant impact at Rangers and is targeting a season to remember at Ibrox.
The 21-year-old has wasted no time in getting down to business and was the best player on the park in the 4-0 Europa League qualifying win over St Joseph’s.
And the player himself admits the family atmosphere withing the Ibrox dressing room is major reason why he’s been able to settle so quickly.
From day one, I’ve been made to feel important in the squad.
That’s important, you want to feel a part of it, everyone is looking forward to the first few weeks and we’ll take things as they come.
It’s just the feeling of the club and the staff, From Jimmy (Bell) the kitman, everyone is just really nice and welcoming.
When you are coming in as a loan player and a new players then it’s important.
I knew a lot of the staff already so that was an added bonus.
Hello and welcome
Rangers are ready for their defining season and will take on French opposition as they look to keep themselves ticking over ahead of their return clash with St Joseph’s.
Today’s match offers the Steven Gerrard the chance to use his squad to its full capacity as fringe players look to impress.
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