BARRIE McKay says he will be marked on how he comes through his most demanding season yet as a professional.
The 22-year-old has been honest in his personal assessment at times this term and now wants to overcome the challenges of a pressurised period at Ibrox.
Rangers dropped points at home to Ross County at the weekend and boos rained out at the final whistle – McKay says the high standards demanded by fans must be met by the players.
The winger told RangersTV: “The pressure has always been there, you are expected to win and as you saw with the fans at the weekend they weren’t happy and rightly so, we drew a game at home and that shouldn’t be happening.
“This has probably been the most demanding season I’ve ever had, I have been with Rangers in the lower leagues and we were winning a lot of games so maybe this year is the most challenging for me but it is how you come through it.
“We need to make sure we go out there on Sunday and get the win and we want to play a way which is attractive on the eye but the main thing is to get the win.
“Probably on Wednesday and at the weekend I wasn’t as influential as what I would have liked to be but before that I was doing well and getting a lot more of the ball.
“In the past couple of games I maybe haven’t got the ball as much to be able to affect the game.”
It took the Light Blues 71 minutes to get on the scoresheet on Saturday when Lee Wallace fired them level and McKay admits the Gers must start putting their chances to bed.
The next test they face is in-form Morton in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, a club McKay knows a lot about from his loan spell there.
He said: “We created loads of chances on Saturday, really good goal scoring chances and Scott Fox was brilliant on the day.
“I think in the second-half especially the only thing we didn’t do was put the ball in the back of the net.
“We have still been creating chances but we haven’t been scoring as frequently as what we were last season so we obviously do need the goals to come if we are to start winning games.
“I think it’s a bit of both confidence and luck, we do need that bit of luck in front of goal and Ross County’s goalie at the weekend was brilliant and pulled off some great saves.
“Most people that I played with at Morton have moved on but it is a great club and Sunday will be a great occasion.
“They have been doing well in their league but I think we have to fancy ourselves at home, we’re the Premiership team and we just need to make sure we go into it with the right attitude to get the win.”
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