JOSH Windass believes it is ridiculous for people to suggest Rangers are out of the title race after just five games.
The midfielder has vowed the Gers will put things right before Ross County visit Ibrox and said the team know they can produce better.
Windass says he knew scrutiny was to be expected as a Rangers player after playing in his first Old Firm.
The 22-year-old said: “We all know now the expectation, we haven’t had the greatest start to the season as everybody knows and we got a lot of criticism after drawing the Hamilton and Kilmarnock games.
“I heard Kenny speak about a time when the team were seven points behind with five or six games left and they still won the league.
“We are five games in so to say we are out of the title race at this moment in time is a bit of a ridiculous statement.
“The confidence is still there and we know we haven’t played our best, if we had played our best and we were still getting beaten and drawing games then it would be a worry but I am sure we will get it right.
“I don’t really listen to the criticism; I just play football – that is all I am here to do.
“We drew to Kilmarnock and we got slaughtered for that so the reaction to any draw or any defeat will involve scrutiny because we are expected to win every game.”
Windass’ derby debut was his first league game for the Gers after he spent August side-lined with a hamstring injury.
His performance in midfield was one of the few praised after the defeat but he admitted it didn’t really matter to him given the end result despite it being a childhood dream to play in the game.
Windass said: “We still lost 5-1 at the end of the day, so it’s not about whether I played well or whether I didn’t, the scoreline was still the same.
“Personally it was my first Old Firm, my first league game for Rangers and it was an unbelievable experience and one I will never forget, I wish I could play that game every week.
“I have been watching that game since I was five or six-years-old and I have said since I was younger that it would be a dream for me to play in a big derby like that.
“I am just so happy I have managed to play in it and play quite well, the result means everyone was down about it but it is an experience I will never forget. I didn’t expect to play to be honest so I was buzzing that I was.”