Rangers: Bruno Alves urges side to show patience when playing at Ibrox

Bruno Alves
Bruno Alves believes patience is the key to Rangers improving their home record

Bruno Alves says Rangers' players must find a way to cope with the pressure of playing at Ibrox.

Saturday's 3-1 defeat by St Johnstone means Rangers have dropped 16 points in 10 home league games this season.

And Portugal defender Alves insists the players need to show more composure when faced with adversity.

"It is normal to have pressure in a big team, but you need to handle that type of pressure better and manage the situation," he told the club website.

"Even sometimes when we are not having the result that we want, we need to keep playing and have patience.

"When we start a game winning 1-0, but then end up losing it 3-1, it is really disappointing, especially at home. It is something that, especially after scoring first, we shouldn't concede so many goals after.

Graham Cummins celebrates
Graham Cummins scored the third as St Johnstone beat Rangers convincingly at Ibrox

"We need to play, have the patience and try to find the right solution on the pitch, and try to move the ball faster."

Rangers have won only four of their 10 home league games this season, but won seven and drawn one of their nine away matches.

Graeme Murty's men travel to Kilmarnock for Saturday's lunch-time Premiership clash, and Alves is hoping to make amends for their loss to St Johnstone against Steve Clarke's outfit.

"It is important after the result we had at the weekend that we have a strong and good reaction," said the Euro 2016 winner.

"I think the most important thing is for us to prepare the week well and give our best again in the next game.

"Losing at home is very difficult to accept, but it is important also to move on and not think that everything is wrong when we lose but keep believing we are doing things the right way.

"We need to see the mistakes we did and try not to do them again. I think the team is going to be ready to fight and to get the results that we want."

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