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Rangers title dream will hinge on our resilience levels, insists Miller

By Andy Newport

Kenny Miller admits Rangers will find it hard to reach the Ladbrokes Premiership summit if they continue leaving themselves with an uphill struggle.

The Ibrox hitman was left frustrated as Mark Warburton's team dropped points for the second time this season with the 1-1 draw at Kilmarnock.

Kris Boyd fired the hosts ahead at Rugby Park and while a sensational James Tavernier set-piece put Gers level, they could not find a winner even though they were up against 10 men after Greg Taylor was sent off for a shocking lunge on Joey Barton.

Friday night's stalemate is the third time the Light Blues have lost the first goal in four league matches this term and Miller confessed that is not good enough.

The 36-year-old said: "It was a frustrating night - it took us to go a goal down to really click into gear, any type of gear and them to go down to 10 men.

"It was a great free-kick from Tav to get us back into it and when they go down to 10 men you're expecting us to go on and hopefully seal the three points.

"There was a lot of pressure without any real chances to score and their goal was under siege for the last 20-25 minutes but we just never seemed to get that break in the box to create that game-winning chance.

"We spoke about it last week after Motherwell and they are very similar games, you go 1-0 down and get a goal at a similar time and then you have to go and try and win it.

"But we keep giving teams a goal to start and we need to be resilient and hard to break down, we must start games like that and if we can get up to that tempo and intensity from the kick-off then our job will be a lot easier.

"We need to move the ball quicker; we need to have more penetration, whether that be running forward or passing forward.

"There is nothing we can do about this game now, all we can do is move on, look to improve and get better going into Celtic."

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