ANDY HALLIDAY reckons a drop in tempo cost his side dearly this afternoon as Morton escaped Ibrox with a point following a 2-2 draw.
The Light Blues made a fabulous start with Kenny Miller scoring inside two minutes, but Morton hit back through a James Tavernier own goal and a Denny Johnstone strike to lead with eight minutes left.
Martyn Waghorn equalised within two minutes, but Halliday views that as scant consolation for a disappointing afternoon in the race for the Championship title.
Speaking after the game to RangersTV.tv, he said: “Not really, as we’ve still dropped two points. I suppose it did show some good character, but maybe if we showed the same urgency in the previous 70 minutes then we would have taken away the three points, and we need to be taking three points in these games.
“We’re gutted to be honest, but we have to pick ourselves back up. We are in a title race, and I’m sure that’s just a minor blip.
“I’m overawed with the disappointment but we can’t get too down as we need to go again next week.
“We can’t start so well as we did and then take the foot off the gas, and to be honest, I thought that was pretty evident within five or 10 minutes that the tempo had dropped dramatically, and it’s something we wanted to implement from the start of the game.
“We wanted to get some quick-fire goals in like we did away to Morton as it would have startled them a little bit. We did that again today, but took our foot off the gas and we need to learn from that.
“You can only learn by making these mistakes, and that’s something we will have to capitalise on.”
Despite such a disappointing showing however, Rangers could and possibly should have won the game with the last kick of the ball as Halliday squared the ball for Jason Holt who fired over the bar when inside the six-yard box.
Halliday refused to criticise his midfield partner and also backed James Tavernier and Rob Kiernan whose individual errors led to Morton’s two goals.
He added: “With the run Holty is on just now, it couldn’t have fallen to a better man. When I saw him take the ball on the swivel, I actually thought that would make him harder to put over the bar, and I don’t know if he’s tried to get too much on it.
“It’s unfortunate, but we couldn’t have picked a better man for it to fall too as he’s on a great run of form just now and I’m sure he’ll be OK to take the mantle and go again next week.
“On their goals, it was two individual mistakes, but both boys have been brilliant this season. We’re certainly not pointing any fingers, and as with everyone, we need to pick ourselves up and go again next week.”