And no wonder. Nine long months went by without any fresh faces being brought into the squad at Ibrox last season.
David Templeton was signed for Hearts for a reputed £400,000 transfer fee on the final day of the summer transfer window on August 31.
After that, the 12-month SFA signing embargo imposed for the failure to pay taxes during the Craig Whyte era kicked in and Ally McCoist was unable to strengthen.
So it is understandable the performances of Cammy Bell, Nicky Clark, Jon Daly, Ricky Foster, Nicky Law, Bilel Mohsni, Arnold Peralta and Stevie Smith have been closely scrutinised by supporters.
Meanwhile, the return to action of Dean Shiels after four months out injured has gone virtually unnoticed.
But the Northern Ireland internationalist's countryman and Ibrox team-mate, Andy Little, believes his comeback could be every bit as important as any new acquisition.
Last season, his first at Gers, the 28-year-old often struggled to find the form that earned him a nomination for the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award in 2012.
The attacking player was plagued by niggling injuries, and despite scoring 10 goals, including in the 2-0 win over Motherwell in the League Cup, he often failed to convince. Shiels' campaign then came to a premature end when he suffered a knee ligament injury in the humiliating 2-1 defeat to Annan Athletic at Ibrox in March.
However, the former Hibs, Doncaster Rovers and Kilmarnock player has worked hard on his rehabilitation during the summer and has looked sharp in his two appearances so far this season.
He came off the bench in the opening SPFL League One game of the season against Brechin City and netted a superb goal in an emphatic 4-1 victory.
His display earned him a start in the league match with Stranraer at Stair Park last Saturday and he helped the visitors romp to a 3-0 lead at half-time.
Little, who opened his account for the season with a goal in Wigtownshire, has been pleased to see his national team-mate return to the fray in such style.
And he is confident the 15-times capped forward will prove as influential in the months ahead as any of the free agents who have arrived at the Govan club in the close season.
"I know what it feels like to be injured for the length of time Dean was," revealed Little, who suffered from a succession of injury setbacks early in his career.
"It is not easy. It was, therefore, brilliant for him to come back into the team in the Brechin game and score such a special goal.
"I thought he made a really good contribution against Stranraer at the weekend, too, in the first half especially. I am really pleased to see him back involved."
"It is easy for people to pick on individual players when the team is not doing well. But I don't think we played well as a team last season.
"I rate Dean very highly indeed. He is a very good player.
"I am sure he is going to show more of what he has shown in the past in the next few years with Rangers."
Little and his Gers team-mates have been preparing for the League One meeting with Airdrieonians at the Excelsior Stadium on Friday night in training at Murray Park this week.
And the 24-year-old, who banged in 25 goals for Rangers last season, is hoping he can add to his haul in a match that will be shown live across the UK by BT Sport.
The Enniskillen-born player reckons chances will fall his way if Jon Daly is given the chance to play in his third match as a trialist by manager McCoist.
For he reckons the vastly-experienced 30-year-old has, despite failing to net for his new club in a competitive match, been immense this season.
He is also confident the burly Irishman, who has still to draw or lose a game for the Light Blues, will pitch in with his share of goals.
"Jon scored plenty of goals for Dundee United last season and before that, and I for one have no doubt he will do that for us this season," Little remarked. "You go through good and bad spells when your job is to score goals and they have not fallen for him so far.
"But he is certainly doing a job for the team.
"He is setting up other players for goals and is holding the ball up well.
"He is playing a big, big part in our success. I think he will be a big player for us this season.
"There are not just goals to Jon's game. Anyway, none of the players in this team is interested in personal glory.
"We all want to do what we can to contribute to the team's success on the field."