BARRIE McKay admitted Gers goalless Scottish Cup draw was tough to take after the Light Blues peppered Kilmarnock’s goal with chances.
The 21-year-old picked up the Man of the Match gong for his attacking performance but said he and the squad felt dejected after failing to score.
Rangers hit the woodwork twice as they controlled the game against the Premiership outfit, which McKay believes proves this team can compete in the top tier next season.
The winger said: “It was a hard one to take; we thought we had done enough to see us over the line but unfortunately we couldn’t take all of our chances.
“We put so much into it but at the same time so did Kilmarnock, they clearly had a game plan and they stuck to it.
“We created quite a bit and to not see the game out with a victory it is quite hard to take, especially coming up against a Premiership team that we feel we did quite well against.”
“The belief is in the changing room that we can go up and compete with the teams that are already up there.
“I thought I did well but at the same time it would have been nicer to have got the victory as well as man of the match.”
Mark Warburton’s side now have to travel to Rugby Park on Tuesday 16 February to have another shot at making the quarter-finals of the competition.
The midweek trip will now have to slot into what is an important run in of games for the Light Blues and McKay is confident this Rangers side can go far in the cup.
The Scotland Under 21 continued: “It’s going to be tough with a lot of important games coming up but we’ll recover properly and be right at it on the night.
“I think all the boys are confident we can make the quarters; you need to believe you can beat anyone and we just need to have the belief in ourselves.”