Rangers goalkeeper Jack Butland said there are “no positives to take” from their defeat to Aberdeen and believes the only antidote is to claim back-to-back wins this coming week.
The Ibrox side crashed to a 3-1 Premiership defeat to the Dons in Glasgow on Saturday to leave them seven points behind leaders Celtic after just seven fixtures and boss Michael Beale under severe pressure.
Goals from Stefan Gartenmann, Jamie McGrath and Jack MacKenzie were too much for the disjointed home side, whose reply from Abdallah Sima was nothing more than a consolation while Gers half-time substitute Scott Wright was sent off for two bookings.
Reeling Rangers face Aris Limassol in the Europa League in Cyprus on Thursday night before travelling to St Mirren the following Sunday on league business.
Butland told Rangers TV: “There is no positives to take. There is nothing I can say that will make us or any fan feel better about it. But we can’t dwell on it.
“We have to be better. Bottom line.
“We have to go to Cyprus on Thursday and win and then beat St Mirren at the weekend and that is the only thing we can control right now.
“We have to learn from these tests we are having and situations we are putting ourselves in and we have to learn quickly.
“It was extremely disappointing. When you start a game like we did and create chances like we did, you have got to take them because teams are looking to stay in the game and get one moment and cause us a problem and that happened (against Aberdeen). Not good enough, not good enough.
“We have to be better as a team collectively. We have to be better and that is the bottom line.
“Teams are going come here and do that to us. They are going to sit off us and defend and wait for a moment to get something out of the day.
“That’s exactly what they did and we allowed them to do it all too easily.
“We have to get the ball in the back of the net and make our lives easier. Ultimately we paid the price for not being clinical enough.”
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