NICKY Law last night welcomed the imminent arrival of more new faces at Rangers but insisted whoever arrives faces a battle to get a first-team spot. The Ibrox side are closing in on deals for St Johnstone forward Michael O'Halloran and Brentford midfielder Toumani Diagouraga before the January window closes but Law feels the players who have scored 19 goals in their last four matches will prove difficult to dislodge. As if to illustrate the point, new signing Harry Forrester was an unused sub during Saturday's 4-1 win against Livingston, while Polish goalkeeper Maciej Gostomski couldn't even get a place on the bench.

"The manager has said that once people come into the side they are not just going to walk into the team, they have to earn it and it will be difficult for any new player because we are doing great," the 27-year-old added. "Harry Forrester has come in, but he's not managed to get into the team yet because of the performances we are producing.The last four games we have scored a lot of goals and you couldn't really drop anyone. But that's how it should be."

This routine 4-1 win at a snowy Ibrox moved Mark Warburton's side six points clear at the top of the Championship and allowed them to sit back and relax ahead of yesterday's meeting between rivals Falkirk and Hibs. While O'Halloran and Diagouraga would be enviable additions for the business end of the season, Law feels the Ibrox side have enough about them to take the title in any case.

"We feel the squad we have just now is more than good enough to go on and win this league," said Law. "Obviously, the manager feels we need one or two more. That will only help with competition for places and at a club this size you need that. Hopefully, it will help us get over the line for what we all wanted to achieve at the start of the season."

As much attention as the club are giving to recruiting new talent, they have also been as good as their word in rewarding existing players, with Andy Halliday, Jason Holt and Barrie McKay all being offered improved deals. Law, whose own contract expires this summer, would dearly love to be the next man to stay on.

"I had a chat with the manager a week or two ago," said the Englishman. "I expressed that I would like to stay and it was a positive meeting. The next couple of weeks hopefully, there will be something regarding myself either way. You want your future sorted. For me personally, I've just had my first child there so for me the biggest thing is security."

Law played his part in a team performance on Saturday which Livingston simply couldn't live with. The Almondvale side were four down by half-time, courtesy of a Danny Wilson header, a precise Kenny Miller finish and Martyn Waghorn's 26th and 27th goals of the season. Only a combination of Craig Thomson's apparent determination to keep his red card in his pocket, a fine late penalty save from Marc McCallum to defy Andy Halliday's spot kick, and a low strike from substitute Liam Buchanan allowed the visitors to maintain a measure of respectability about the scoreline.

A year on from an abandoned meeting with Hearts which summed up a frustrating season, the outlook seems far brighter at Ibrox these days. "There's a lot of positives coming out of the club at the moment," said Law. "We have new players coming in, have built up a little bit of a lead at the top and the goals are coming. Everyone's confidence is sky high. For the boys who have been here for the past couple of years it has been really, really tough, but to see it now it's fantastic. The fans are back on side and it's good for Scottish football too because Rangers going back into the top flight is what everybody wants to see I'm sure."

Not exactly everybody. Livi midfielder Sam Stanton for instance, on-loan at Almondvale from the Easter Road club, knows any points gleaned from meetings with Rangers of Falkirk who could help his parent side win the league. "It’s a compliment Hibs didn’t want me to go to Falkirk but I suppose it’s understandable," said Stanton. "Livingston are my priority, but results for them could potentially help Hibs. I don’t have specific instructions to try to get points off Rangers and Falkirk!"