BARRIE McKAY pointed to Martyn Waghorn’s injury as being a crucial blow in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Hamilton Accies.
With Rangers building up a real head of steam, Waghorn limped off with a suspected hamstring strain in the last 10 minutes, meaning the Light Blues had to see out the remainder of the game with 10 men.
The winger explained: “We’re really disappointed. We felt as if we dominated the game, but Waggy going off at the end killed our momentum. We still created quite a few chances with 10 men, and still looked likely to go on and win, but unfortunately we couldn’t do it.
“All credit to Hamilton, they sat-in and pressed really well in numbers, and that made it difficult for us to break them down, but we still had chances and were unlucky to go in at half time a goal down.
“We go into Tuesday now to get the win and get into the next round of the cup. At this club, you go into every game to win it; it’s just unfortunate we couldn’t do that today.
“We now need to go to Dundee and win, hopefully by doing what we’ve been doing and by playing the way we have been playing.”
McKay also insisted he is up to full speed in spite of not enjoying as long a pre-season as most of his teammates given his involvement with the Scotland National team towards the end of last season.
He added: “I just met up before we went away to America, so I was straight in at the deep end. I coped with it well and I feel as if I have got stronger with each game I’ve played, so hopefully there are many more to come.”