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Have Rangers made progress after Progrès?

After a positive start to the league campaign, was the Progrès result just a blip?

Rangers v Hibernian - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Two months on from the humiliating Europa League elimination by Progrès Niederkorn, Pedro Caixinha’s side has made a decent start to the league campaign.

Three points off Celtic with the first Old Firm game less than two weeks away is, probably, where most people expected Rangers to be and a win at Ibrox on September 23rd would be a huge step in the right direction.

So have Rangers made any progress since losing to the fourth-placed side in Luxembourg while most of European football was still enjoying their holidays?

Away wins at Motherwell and Ross County were the only high points in the league before the international break but the 4-1 win over Dundee last weekend has given reason to think things are starting to come together for Rangers.

Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso are forming a strong partnership in central defence. I don’t think anyone can argue Rangers look much better at the back with Alves and Cardoso than they ever did with Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan.

Both full-backs are looking more like the players who were so important to Rangers’ attack in Mark Warburton’s first season in charge. Tavernier has already linked well with Daniel Candeias down the right wing with the pair creating a number of goals already this .season.

Rangers v Hibernian - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Alfredo Morelos has been scoring for fun for Rangers - grabbing 7 goals in 5 games
Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Alfredo Morelos is also proving to have been a fantastic signing. Seven goals in five games is a great return from the 21-year-old. This is the kind of form that gets you linked with moves to Barcelona for billions of Dembele Dollars.

It’s only early in his Rangers career but it’s hard not to like Morelos. He puts himself about and is as clinical as Kris Boyd in the box. If he does keep this level of performances up, he could end up linked with a move away before long.

At only 21, he’ll still improve and with Eduardo Herrera starting to find his feet it would be good to see the pairing get some game-time together.

Carlos Pena is also starting to look like he might have something about him. He’s still a bit away with his fitness but he showed little bits of quality against Dundee and earned his goal.

Josh Windass looks like a different player than the one who struggled in central midfield in Mark Warburton’s 4-3-3. Windass’ performance after coming off the bench against Dundee was fantastic and the ex-Accrington man is probably first-pick at left winger now.

There’s still a long way to go for this Rangers team to be a success though. The home draw with Hearts was nowhere near good enough and the Old Firm game in nine days will be a big test for Caixinha’s side.

A win against them will win over a lot of Caixinha’s doubters who don’t think the Portuguese manager was the right choice after Mark Warburton joined Nottingham Forest but, since losing to a team from Luxembourg, even his fiercest critics can be happy with the progress.