CAPTAIN Lee Wallace’s message is not to panic, in more ways than one, after Rangers dropped points for just the second time this season.
The left-back called on his troops to be careful not to become desperate when they are in need of a winner and admitted they need to adapt quickly to how teams set-up against Rangers.
The 1-1 draw with Livingston also meant that Hibs drew level at the top of the Championship on 37 points; albeit with Gers have a game in hand over Alan Stubbs’ men.
The 28-year-old said: “If anything I think we were a bit frantic in our possession, we probably doing things a bit too quick and we were a bit rushed as soon as they got the goal.
“We possibly started to panic and every time we got the ball we thought we could score, whereas if we did stick to how we know best, keeping the game patient and moving the ball quick, we could have created better chances.
“I don’t think we played badly and in the game there were spells when it was the true Rangers and there were spells when we were below what we expect.
“We need to become familiar with how the opposition are going to play against us and that is one thing I think we have recognised over the last few weeks – how they are going to set up and how hard they are going to make it for us.
“I think it is about us staying true to our principles and concentrating on all the details within how we work during the week, staying more patient and finding other ways through their deeper blocking with their defensive line.”
Jason Holt’s 22nd minute goal looked to have set Gers on their way to a successful afternoon but even with 69% possession they couldn’t hold onto their lead.
But Wallace isn’t worried about the squad recovering from the result that caused players to drop to their knees at the final whistle.
The skipper explained: “We will look at the game as a team and as individuals and look at how we can do better and how we can contribute better in the game. It’s just about looking forward and being better for this game.
“We probably want more creation, especially in the final third and I think that comes from everybody not just the front three.
“In the way we play we are really expansive and we look to try and get guys forward from all areas of the pitch, we need more of that.
“The effort was still there though, we worked hard and the lads didn’t deviate from what we do. It’s a frustrated dressing room because we know that is two points dropped.
“We have plenty of guys in there that will lift themselves and it certainly won’t be doom and gloom, the manager has stressed that and we are not going to be sitting and sulking.
“We have a function tonight on behalf of the Rangers Charity Foundation so we will be going there with our heads held high and do what we can to make the night a success.”