Rangers director of football Mark Allen has revealed that the duo of Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis had been on the club's radar for a while as the two can handle the pressure of playing for the Gers.

The Light Blues confirmed loan deals for Defoe and Davis more than a week ago, and the two will add more experience and depth to the squad.

Defoe’s arrival will provide more competition for club top scorer Alfredo Morelos, who has been the club’s go to striker so far this season.

Davis, on the other hand, has already played for the Gers and is expected to provide more balance in midfield.

Allen has explained that the club signed the duo based on several characteristics, of which one was the pressure to handle the Ibrox atmosphere.

“I think that is vitally important and I have said on a number of occasions that you look at various characteristics when you are trying to sign players”, Allen was quoted as saying by the Evening Times.

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“One of the big ones is whether they can handle Ibrox.

“It is a cauldron, an unbelievable set of supporters, the like of which I have never seen before personally.

"So you need to make sure they are tried and tested and they understand the league.

“In these two players, we know that because we have watched them over a period of time and we know they can play in the Premiership, and probably higher.”

Rangers return to action against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup, and the duo of Defoe and Davis could be in line to play a part.