DAVID BATES revealed the home dressing room at Ibrox was a sombre place tonight after Rangers’ defeat to Aberdeen.

The Light Blues went down 2-1 to Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen thanks to goals from Graeme Shinnie and Ryan Christie before Gers pulled a goal back through Martyn Waghorn.

And, the Dons’ first win at Ibrox in almost 26 years left a bitter taste in the mouth of the players according to Bates.

He told RangersTV.tv: “Everyone is down and we are all gutted. We wanted to finish on a high – the gaffer said that before the game and we lost a sloppy goal inside the first 10 minutes which put us on the back foot.

“We need to cut stuff like that out and we have done that a couple of times in the last few games. We looked at it last week and the gaffer had a stat about us losing goals in the first 20 minutes.

“It puts us on the back foot and when we score first, we usually go on to win comfortably.

“We all know when we go down, we can still get back in games. But going down 2-0 put us, again really put us really on the back foot, and while I thought we might have nicked a goal in the end, there weren’t too many clear cut chances.

“We want to win all of our home games. We won up at their place but for them to come down here and win makes it even more disappointing.”

The Gers now head to Perth to take on St Johnstone on Sunday, and Bates is determined to make amends for the Rangers supporters.

He added: “We need to go out at St Johnstone and try to win. It’s a must to be honest as we can’t end the season on a defeat. We’ll try to get the win for the fans.”

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