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Rangers striker admits that teams no longer fear playing at Ibrox

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Kris Boyd knows that teams no longer fear Rangers because of their constant poor performances.

There have been many comings and goings at Ibrox recently, but one of the most costly things to leave the Glasgow side is the fear that would strike opposing teams when they stood in the tunnel looking at the players in Light Blue.

Kris Boyd, as reported by the Daily Record, has been critical of the team's performance as a whole ahead of Tuesday night's game against Alloa, as Rangers look to end their four-game drawing run that is damaging their chances of finishing second.

The Scotland international is very frank in his assessment of the team, although he doesn’t point out anything new. It’s been obvious for some time that almost every player to a man hasn’t been good enough, culminating in the draw away to Cowdenbeath and then compounded by Saturday’s draw against Livingston.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference Boyd said it wouldn’t matter who was in charge, the issues would still be the same.

“It wouldn’t matter if you brought in Jose Mourinho – he’d still have the players who are here,” said Boyd.

“We can say we’ve got international players in the dressing room but at the end of the day we haven’t performed and two managers have lost their jobs because of it so we need to start winning games of football.

“That’s why we need to look ourselves in the mirror and ask if we’ve done enough. I can safely say I don’t feel as if I have.

“And I’m willing to bet the majority, if not all, would all say the same thing.

“I’ve learned in my career that managers can only change so much. When clubs go through managers all the time it can’t just be one guy’s fault. We’ve got 20-odd guys who could help this cause and perform better on a game-to-game basis.

“We have a period now where everyone on the playing staff needs to get a grip.”

The former Kilmarnock striker knows that teams no longer fear coming to Ibrox and don’t adjust their game to play against them like they used to. If anything, this should make it easier for Rangers because the games become open, but a lack of application from the players means they aren’t taking advantage.

“I’ve been in the situation myself before where you turn up at Ibrox or Parkhead and you’re already beaten. They might have won 4-0 or 5-0 the week before and you look down the tunnel and think, ‘Oh no’.

“That’s not the case any more. Teams are coming with a confidence and have maybe seen that we’ve been weak. Previously it was only European teams who didn’t change their game for Rangers but teams now aren’t worrying about us.

“Livingston came and got the ball down and passed it crisply. They deserved their point.

“They might have lost five games but they probably looked at us as being weak and tried to get in our faces.

“There are games where the fans have been dying to go with us but are frustrated because the performances just haven’t been good enough."

Boyd suggests that the success that came so easily in the second and third division has been a contributing factor to the current playing style of the team. Having it so easy in previous seasons could be having a knock-on effect on this Gers side who have struggled to make a consistent impact on the Scottish Championship this season.

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