Former Rangers midfielder Alex Rae has admitted both Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe are healthy additions for the Gers, but insists it is now all about hitting the ground running at Ibrox for the pair.

The Gers have strengthened their squad over the course of the winter transfer window this month with the immediate additions of Davis and Defoe from the Premier League.

Both players boast of massive experience and the highest level and are expected to help Rangers push rivals Celtic in the race for the league title during the second half of the season.

However, in spite of their glowing reputations, Rae believes that it is now all about adapting quickly to the game in Scotland and hitting the ground running at Ibrox for the duo.

The former Rangers midfielder also admitted both Davis and Defoe are healthy additions, who are capable of coming in and making a difference to the team.

“I think with Steven Davis coming in, with that bit of guile in the middle of the park, and then Jermain Defoe, who I played against when he was a young man at West Ham, he will come in and give another option up front”, Rae told the club’s official website.

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“Things are ticking along nicely, and they are good additions.

"It’s about how well they adapt now and hit the ground running.”

Rangers could involve the pair of Davis and Defoe at some point during the Scottish Cup tie against Cowdenbeath tonight.