DEFENDER Connor Goldson believes Rangers have to be ready for a reaction from Kilmarnock this weekend after their shock Europa League exit against Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Gers travel to Rugby Park on Sunday afternoon to get their league campaign underway, and Goldson is expecting a similar game to Thursday night in Luxembourg.

He said: “We said after the game last night that Kilmarnock will probably play similar but they will be better at the style and better on the counter-attack.

“That’s the kind of game last year that we maybe could have drew or we maybe even conceded and then ended up chasing the game even further  and having our backs against the wall but hopefully this year we can do better and improve on last night.

“Obviously their defeat would’ve hurt them because we saw at the end of the season how much it meant to them getting into the Europa League and then obviously they would’ve been excited to go on a run.

“I’m sure we’ll have to be ready for a reaction to that because now we turn into their next biggest game.”

Kilmarnock are now under new manager Angelo Alessio but Goldson expects a similar challenge from the Ayrshire side.

He added:

“I think that they will probably play a similar way, maybe a little bit more football and probably try and get it down a little bit more with the new manager but I think it will be similar.

“I think if you look at last season as a whole we had two defeats at Kilmarnock and two draws against them at home and when you look at those points over the course of the season and I’m sure it would’ve brought us a lot closer to achieving what we wanted to achieve.

“We want to win silverware, it is as simple as that.

“We said it last year and we didn’t manage to achieve our goals but this year I feel like being at a club like this we have to be aiming to win something.”

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