Steven Gerrard makes Rangers transfer prediction and admits outcasts could boost his signing budget

Steven Gerrard predicts one more summer signing as he declared Rangers are ready for the challenge.

The Ibrox boss anticipates a ninth addition to his squad as he prepares to clear the way for a string of departures.

Gerrard is relaxed about the current payroll at the club, although he admits sales will help ease the financial burden.

His new look side will play their first competitive match at home when they take on St Joseph’s in the second leg of their Europa League quaiifier.

The tie is already in the bag after their 4-0 win in Gibraltar last week as Gerrard begins to turn his attention to wheeling and dealing in player sales.

Gerrard has added players such as Filip Helander, George Edmundson, Joe Aribo and Sheyi Ojo in recent weeks, with fringe players such as Kyle Lafferty, Eros Grezda, Jason Holt and Graham Dorrans set to depart.

Gerrard said: “We’re nearly complete in terms of the squad we are trying to build. There will not be much more activity there – maybe one.

“In terms of outgoings – yes, we’ve had a few enquiries and I predict there will be players going the other way.

“However, it depends on what the players want. I can’t really control whether they want to stay here or find themselves a different challenge.

That’s up to the players.

“All I can do is be as respectful as I can, give them as much time as possible and be honest with them in terms of where they stand.

“I’ve done that. Some respect it, some are maybe not happy, but those are the tough decisions you make as a manager.

“The cash side is more of an aspect for the board and Dave King. I can’t really control that. My job is to build the strongest squad possible to compete on all the fronts but, of course, (player sales) will help.

“However, a lot of the players we have brought in have been on free contracts or loans. It is not as if we have gone and spent heavily to improve the squad.

“We are very pleased with the business we have done. If we can maybe add one more I think the squad will be set and ready to push and challenge.”

Gerrard signed 20 players in his debut season as manager as he overhauled the squad and mentality of a group that so under-performed under Pedro Caixinha.

He insists they are in a far better place to mount a legitimate challenge to all-conquering Celtic than 12 months ago.

He said: “I’m more confident sitting here now than I was last year.

“There were a lot of new things happening last year – it was my first job and I was meeting a group of new players.

“I had to make so many signings and I was getting used to the league, as well as individuals players and managers and different environments.

“There were a lot of eye-openers. This year I’m quite content where we are.

I’m confident we can put a better challenge up this year.

“Having said that, there’s a lot of work ahead and still some improving to do. We’ll keep pushing in every area we can.”