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Toral tells Ibrox faithful he's ready to deliver

Rangers 1 Ross County 1

By Andy Newport

Jon Toral has promised the Rangers fans his best is yet to come.

The 21-year-old Spaniard joined the Ibrox club on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season in the January transfer window and made his debut in the home William Hill Scottish Cup win over Motherwell.

The attacking midfielder played the whole game for the first time in the 1-1 draw with Ross County on Saturday where skipper Lee Wallace levelled in the second-half, after Alex Schalk had fired the Staggies ahead before the break.

Toral said: "I am still not 100%. I am getting there.

"To have my first 90 minutes was really pleasing.

"I finished strong as well and that was really good for my self-confidence.

"I just really need to keep working hard on the training pitch to make sure I am fit and I am 100% and I can give my best on the pitch.

"We are disappointed obviously. We need to win these types of games, we know that."

Indeed, following the 4-1 defeat away to Hearts in midweek the Rangers supporters were further disgruntled as their side dropped into third place in the league behind Aberdeen on goal difference with the Dons having a game in hand.

The anxiety that poured down from the Ibrox stands served to remind Toral of the demands placed on the Rangers players.

He said: "It is a big club. Everyone expects to win every week and we have to do that and we have to perform at the levels to win the game.

"Obviously we haven't in the last two and we are very disappointed about it."

It was the third draw this season between the two teams but it was Ross County who were left ruing the two other chances Schalk missed before the interval, although they were put under plenty of pressure by Rangers, especially during the second period.

Staggies manager Jim McIntyre was reasonably happy: "I'm more pleased that we offered more of a threat," he said.

"Getting the balance right was the big thing for me and we certainly did that.

"We knew when to press and when to sit off. I thought the players carried out that side of the game very well, especially in the first half.

"But even in the second half on the counter I still felt there was something there.

"We had a great opportunity for Liam Boyce to slip Schalk in and he's clean through but he just decides to take an extra touch.

"Wee moments like that are crucial at Ibrox as are the chances in the first half. If you take them then you really get the crowd on their case.

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