Philippe Clement vows to 'test Rangers limits' as boss reacts to Standard Liege draw

Rangers boss Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement has vowed to push his Rangers squad to their limits this summer as he gears up for a powderkeg campaign.

Gers kicked off pre-season with a goalless draw against Standard Liege in a behind-closed-doors game in the Netherlands. New boys including Connor Barron, Jefte and Clinton Nsiala were all given runouts, although there were also some notable absentees with James Tavernier, Todd Cantwell, Dujon Sterling and Danilo all watching on from the stand.

Clement made it clear last term that he was unhappy with the fitness and conditioning of the injury-prone squad he inherited from Michael Beale and the no-nonsense Belgian has been putting his players through their paces since returning to Auchenhowie last month.

Now spending the week in Holland ahead of Saturday's friendly against Ajax, Gers stars got some minutes in their legs in a stalemate with Liege. It was a low-key affair in front of no fans, geared towards building their match fitness ahead of next month's Premiership curtain-raiser at Tynecastle.

And posting on social media, manager Clement reacted to the first game back by saying: "First game after a few intense training days! Testing our limits to become a better team."