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Gers must solve Ibrox conundrum, says Martin

Rangers 0 Kilmarnock 1

Home truths: Russell Martin wants to improve Ibrox form
Home truths: Russell Martin wants to improve Ibrox form

By Andy Newport

Defender Russell Martin admits Rangers need to find ways to win at Ibrox following their damaging 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Former Gers striker Kris Boyd scored his 20th goal of the season in what was the seventh home defeat for the Light Blues in the league which matched the club record set in 1914-15.

With a 1-0 home win over Dundee, third-placed Aberdeen moved to within two points of the Govan side with a game in hand going into the international break.

Martin, who came closest to scoring for Rangers with headers either side of the break, said that difficult opponents need to be overcome.

The 32-year-old said: "Our two best chances came from set-pieces and they fell to me and I should have scored. It is disappointing but we have to bounce back now, it is as simple as that.

"The first one has just taken a flick off the lad's head before me and I couldn't quite get enough on it. The second one hit both the bar and the post.

"One of them should go in but we should be creating more chances than that in a game and we usually do, that is not like us.

"When you are not at it and not playing as well as you can then the least you need to get is a point and try and keep a clean sheet and we haven't done it.

"We need to find a way. Hearts came and did the same and we found a way to break them down (won 2-0). We scored fairly early in that game and I think it is much easier when you get the early goal because the other team has to open it.

"The longer it goes on, the longer they have something to hold onto and they always have the hope they might be able to nick something, which is what happened. Especially here at home we need to be winning games like that and we need to find a way to do it."

Kilmarnock's remarkable season continued under manager Steve Clarke, who arrived in October when the Ayrshire men were bottom of the table.

The victory took Killie to within six points of fourth-placed Hibernian.

Boyd (34) said how impressed he has been with the former West Brom boss. He said: "One thing about the manager, he is crystal clear on what he wants.

"I listen to a lot of managers, especially younger ones, trying to complicate things as if they are going to reinvent the wheel.

"The guys bought into him straight away and we started to get results and you can see from the performances we can play football, it's not all working hard.

"It was a fantastic three points for us."

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