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Rangers 2 Hearts 0: McKay says Gers must start producing on the road

By Andy Newport

Barrie McKay reckons Rangers have re-established the fear factor at Ibrox - and says they must now match that on the road.

Gers have endured a difficult return to the Ladbrokes Premiership this season, but back-to-back home wins over their main rivals for second spot behind runaway leaders Celtic have restored confidence to the Light Blues' ranks.

The victories over Aberdeen, 2-1 last weekend, and Hearts, 2-0 on Saturday, extended Rangers' unbeaten run in Govan to 14 and a half months.

McKay believes teams are now arriving at Ibrox fearing the worst, but admits Gers - who head to Hamilton on Friday night - need to start intimidating opponents when they go around the grounds.

"Our form needs to improve, especially away," the 21-year-old forward said.

"Teams are definitely starting to fear coming to Ibrox again. We have answered a lot of questions in these last two games.

"We went to Tynecastle (2-0 defeat on November 30) and didn't perform to the level we could. We reversed that on Saturday. The Hearts game gave us a kick up the backside and we just knew we didn't play anywhere near as well as we can.

"You want to be winning games but you need to perform, too. You can scrape victories but to do it with a performance gives you much more satisfaction."

Despite the upturn in fortunes over the past week, Mark Warburton's team remain eight points adrift of Brendan Rodgers' rampant Hoops.

However, McKay insists Gers are not ready to concede the title to their bitter rivals just yet.

"It's not over till it's over," he said. "We'll push to the last day."

McKay clinched Rangers' 2-0 triumph over the Jambos when he added a crucial second goal to Rob Kiernan's first-half opener.

His 51st-minute strike was a setback Hearts could not recover from as new manager Ian Cathro suffered a disappointing first match in charge.

But midfielder Don Cowie has been impressed by what he has seen so far from the 30-year-old rookie boss.

He said: "I though Ian handled things brilliantly. There's been a lot made of it this week but he's come in and training has been great. He speaks and there's real clarity in what he wants us to do."

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