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Rangers striker looks to defensive failings after fourth straight draw

Kenny Miller thinks Rangers need to tighten up defensively in order to start winning games.

Rangers striker Kenny Miller has been critical of his side's defensive failings after a fourth consecutive draw in the Scottish Championship.

Miller hasn’t been in the best form of late and hasn’t found the back of the net for the Light Blues since November 2014, but he thinks issues have to be addressed at the other end of the pitch.

Saturday afternoon's draw with Livingston delivered a fourth straight stalemate for the Gers, as their challenge for second-place suffered another blow in Stuart McCall’s first game in charge.

Despite a lack of goals from the Rangers strikers this season, the former Scotland international has suggested that conceding goals after going ahead is where they are going wrong.

Whilst the 35-year-old has come in for some criticism for his own performances of late, he does actually have a point. Rangers have gone ahead in three of the four games they have drawn, with the only exception being the 0-0 draw against Cowdenbeath.

Speaking to the Rangers club website, Miller correctly pointed out the issues at the back.

"Any time is bad to lose a goal, but when you lose it on the stroke of half time or at the end of the match then there's limited time to respond,” he said.

"At the moment one goal doesn't seem to be enough for us, we've found that in the last few weeks when we've managed to get ourselves ahead but not been able to hold it.

"The longer the game goes, the more the opposition is going to throw the ball into your box and get something. Today it wasn't that scenario as we lost the goal in the first half and it gave them something to protect."

Miller – who is in his third spell with Rangers – did come close to scoring the winner and getting that all important first goal of 2015, but was thwarted by a brilliant save from Livingston ‘keeper Darren Jamieson.

"I managed to get a good purchase on it and he did really well to get over and claw it out,” explains Miller.

“It was a fantastic save and I'm disappointed that it didn't go in. But it was just one of the situations today when it just didn't go for us."

Miller and his teammates go into Tuesday night’s game with Alloa knowing that a win is a must and will hope they can replicate the opening 20 minutes of today's game, where they controlled the game.

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