Ross Perry is determined to make his mark at Rangers this season now that he has put his injury problems behind him.
The defender made his first appearance of the campaign in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Berwick after being sidelined for several weeks with a calf problem. Now, with a number of first-team regulars having quit the Glasgow club, Perry believes it is the ideal time to show what he has to offer at Ibrox.
He said: "It's a massive relief to be back. It's a huge disappointment not to be involved. It's always important to get a good pre-season under your belt and this almost is my pre-season. I just need to try my hardest in training and make sure I impress the manager.
"More now than ever there is going to be an opportunity for the younger defenders to get involved. Personally, it's a real chance to go and impose myself on the team and hopefully I can be a real part of the games this year."
Dorin Goian joined Italian outfit Spezia on loan last week, while fellow defender Kirk Broadfoot has reached an agreement with the club to terminate his contract.
Boss Ally McCoist remains hopeful skipper Carlos Bocanegra will remain at Rangers, despite being linked with a move to Eintracht Frankfurt, and Perry believes the American has an important role to play this term.
He said: "He is a massive presence. He is a good voice for the boys and he is a very experienced player. He's someone the young ones can really learn from and use as someone to lean upon."
Rangers play host to Falkirk in the Scottish Communities League Cup on Thursday night, having progressed past the Bairns in the Ramsdens Cup last week.
Falkirk came out on top when the two clubs met in the League Cup last term and, following his loan spell there, Perry is well aware of the threat they pose.
He said: "Falkirk are a good side and they play a terrific brand of football. I was there a couple of years ago and I know the manager very well and I know he is very passionate about the way they play. They have a good young side and a well-drilled side."
- Ross Perry