TODD Cantwell has expressed confidence the Rangers recruitment team have brought in players who can boost the Ibrox club’s chances of landing more silverware in the second half of the season.

Belgian manager Philippe Clement strengthened his squad considerably during the January transfer window by making three signings – Oscar Cortes, Mohamed Diomande and Fabio Silva.

Silva, the £35m Portuguese striker who arrived on loan from Wolves last month, opened the scoring in the 3-0 cinch Premiership win over bottom-placed Livingston in Govan on Saturday.  

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Winger Cortes, who joined on loan from Lens on deadline day on Thursday, came on for Rabbi Matondo in the second half and helped the hosts to see out the victory.

Elsewhere, former Nordsjaelland midfielder Diomande, who has not played since the end of November, was paraded in front of fans before kick-off at the weekend.

Viaplay Cup winners Rangers are still involved in three competitions – the Premiership, the Scottish Cup and the Europa League – and have a hectic schedule ahead of them. 

The Herald: However, playmaker Cantwell, who netted his fourth goal in seven appearances against Livingston, is certain the new recruits can help them to enjoy a successful 2023/24 campaign.

“I trust the recruitment team,” he said with a smile. “They got me so I am presuming that the new signings are good enough.”

Cantwell, who was signed from Norwich City in January last year, has put his injury problems and indifferent form firmly behind him and is confident he can continue to contribute. 

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“I am getting there,” he said. “It has been tough. A lot of people forgot I had been out for two and a half to nearly three months.

“There is always a lot of noise about me and I know I am the type of player who invites that. But as long as they are all seeing the good stuff as well then that is alright.”

“I’m playing centrally as a No 10 now and I am giving out the numbers that I think I can do. The manager knows what my best position is. His words to me were ‘when I first came in we had a few injuries we had a few complications in a sense’.

"Listen, I am playing in a position I like and I think I am showing it is my best position. I am thankful to the manager for giving me that game time.

“Listen, the thing that’s clear is I am playing as a different No 10 than I was before. It is a different style, a different way of playing the way we are playing just. You can see that I am not being asked to play the way I was last season.

“I see a lot of comments. Todd’s not getting involved. Todd’s not doing this. But I am being asked to play differently and it is working. The numbers are coming through, I am enjoying myself so let’s just enjoy it.”

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