Matt Gilks explains how Rangers can overcome teams at Ibrox

(L-R) Scotland's Matt Gilks, Russell Martin and Ross McCormack arrive for training

The Gers failed to get their league campaign off to a winning start.

Giorgios Karagounis (Not Pictured) scores the first goal for Fulham past Blackpool's Matt GilksGiorgios Karagounis (Not Pictured) scores the first goal for Fulham past Matt Gilks

Rangers new boy Matt Gilks has commented on what the team needs to do to overcome visiting sides at Ibrox this season, in quotes published on the club’s official website.

The Gers were held to a 1-1 draw in their league opener against Hamilton on Saturday and they will be well aware of the difficulties they will face in breaking down organised teams who sit deep and treat a trip to Ibrox like a cup final.

“We know teams are going to come and do that, it is about breaking them down and that is what we work on,” said Gilks.

(L-R) Scotland's Matt Gilks, Russell Martin and Ross McCormack arrive for training(L-R) Scotland's Matt Gilks, Russell Martin and Ross McCormack arrive for training

“How we can get in behind team? That passing and movement that we have, can it be quicker or sharper?

“We need to break teams down early in a game, get a foothold in the game early doors and then it is difficult for a team at Ibrox to come from a goal or two goals down early on in a game,” he added.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

Gilks’ advice is easier said than done and Mark Warburton’s men will need to ensure that they are full focused and apply themselves appropriately every game if they are to mount a title challenge this season.

Rangers have enjoyed the luxury of brushing aside the vast majority of opponents on their journey back to the top flight, but Saturday’s draw will leave them under no illusions as to the step up in quality they now face.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceNew Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

While the Gers were held at home to Hamilton, Celtic snatched a late winner at Tynecastle in an early demonstration of league winning tendencies that will have Warburton worried.

The Ibrox club may yet add to their squad before the close of the transfer window, but at present they seem a long way from threatening the Hoops' title charge.

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