GETTING used to the great expectations at Rangers is something that has taken Rob Kiernan some time but that doesn’t mean he’s feeling any pressure.
The defender admits it shows the standards demanded at Ibrox that one defeat has provoked such reaction.
With Alloa Athletic coming up on Saturday Kiernan is promising an immediate response and a resumption of Gers winning streak.
The 24-year-old said: “We want to win football matches, we want to succeed and our object at the end of the season is to get promoted and that is what we want to do.
“Those expectations take some time to get used to, it’s a bigger scale here and too right because it’s a massive club and it deserves to be back where it should be and we’re here to try and do that.
“The reaction shows the standards of playing for this football club, none of want to lose football matches but we haven’t turned into a bad team over night.
“It’s part and parcel of playing for a big club like Rangers and we take pride in playing here.
“We have nothing to prove on Saturday but we do have something to prove to our fans every week; we want to deliver performances and win football matches but in terms of what’s happened then it’s happened.
“It was one performance, we still played well and we had some good spells across the game – we have seen it and looked at it and now we want to put it right.
“It’s been a great reaction, the lads have dusted themselves down, we’ve trained well, had our meetings and had our analysis and we’re ready to go again.
“I don’t really look behind me, I think it’s happened and we still are a good team, still have good players and a great management.
“We don’t feel under any extra pressure now, we’ll just carry on doing our stuff, play the way we play and I’m sure the results will come again.”
Mark Warburton chose to start with his three centre-backs at Easter Road but changed the system back to his usual 4-3-3 midway through the second-half.
Kiernan says he enjoyed the change and felt it prompted some positive football.
He continued: “I enjoyed it. I thought we got a lot of the ball. We got out from the back well. It was a formation we hadn’t played before but I thought we did well. It suited us quite well.
“We changed the formation during the game but that was because of personnel. That’s the manager’s decision but I’m sure the more we work at it better we’ll get.
“I don’t think the formation mattered too much though and we gave a good account of ourselves and played some lovely stuff.
“The result obviously wasn’t what we wanted but that happens. That’s football.”