LEE WALLACE insists Rangers must learn and improve from their 5-1 reverse to Celtic at Parkhead this afternoon.
The Light Blues skipper oversaw a highly disappointing afternoon for his side as they crashed to their heaviest defeat in 16 years, but he has backed his men to respond well from the angst and called on them to stick together through what will be a tough period.
Speaking to RangersTV.tv: “We are obviously disappointed and we are hurting in there. Whenever I come out to speak to the media, I will always say that we can’t afford to go away sulking.
“There is obvious heartache and obvious suffering, but we need to realise we need to be better from today. We sat in there for an hour talking about problems and how we should be better in the game. A lot of it is obviously said in the aftermath of the game and that disappointment is still there, but we’ll go away, look at the game, and leading into the next game we will try to be better for it.
“Clearly though, everyone in that dressing room is hurting and it’s not a nice place at the moment.
“We are not going to be negative and let this drag into our training and let it drag into our preparations for the following week.
“We need to get back to winning games of football, back to our identity and back to our style and way of playing the style that saw us get so much success last season.
“We can only get that by hard work. As of the next time we report back in, we need to get together and stay together, work hard and get back to winning games of football.”
Despite the frustration in the Rangers dressing room after the game, Wallace still noted a few positives from the game, and reckoned the result could have swung had Gers got themselves level when 2-1 down.
He added: “I will always look for positives. It might be different when I go home tonight and watch the game back, but there were small positives in the first half – is that good enough for us though? No, but these are the things we need to look at – things we did well and why we did it.
“If you are to look at the things we did well, we played one and two touch stuff, we played forward, we attacked fast and we played forward. But we didn’t do that enough today, and that’s a big disappointment as it’s a big factor in how we play.
“Also, the 15 minutes after half-time, where we knew we could still go on and win the game if we did what we can do well and showed a better level of performance.
“For the first 15 minutes, we thought if we got a goal we could go on and win the game. It obviously didn’t turn out like that though.”
Wallace was also delighted to see Joe Garner grab his first competitive goal in Light Blue, saying: “Of course. He’s coming here and is wanting to do well for the club and score goals. As a striker with that jersey you want to go and score goals and your input has to be goals, and Joe is obviously got that.
“He’ll not be delighted in terms of the result, but delighted he is off the mark.”