FOLLOWING on from the disappointment of losing at home to St Johnstone, defender Bruno Alves is well aware Rangers must respond when they face Kilmarnock this weekend.

The Light Blues will make the short trip down the M77 for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off, with their opponents in a fine vein of form under new boss Steve Clarke.

Speaking to RangersTV however, Alves knows he and his teammates must make up for the disappointment of their Ibrox reverse to the Perth men.

He explained: “It is important after the result we had at the weekend that we have a strong and good reaction. I think the most important thing is for us to prepare the week well and give our best again in the next game.

“Losing at home is very difficult to accept, but it is important also to move on and not think that everything is wrong when we lose but keep believing we are doing things the right way.

“We need to see the mistakes we did and try not to do them again. I think the team is going to be ready to fight and to get the results that we want.”

The loss to St Johnstone means Gers have now dropped 16 points at Ibrox so far this season, with Alves conceding the home side must handle the pressure put upon them in a more effective manner.

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He continued: “Even sometimes when we are not having the result that we want, we need to keep playing and have patience. It is normal to have pressure when you are playing in a big team, but you need to handle that type of pressure better, and manage the situation better.

“When we start a game winning 1-0, but then end up losing it 3-1 is really disappointing, especially at home. It is something that, especially after scoring first, we shouldn’t concede so many goals after.

“We need to play, have the patience and try to find the right solution on the pitch, and try to move the ball faster.”

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