Jackie McNamara has heralded Rangers’ ability to win games that they might have struggled to get the three points from last season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland international says that the 1-0 win over St Mirren last weekend, as well as the 2-1 victory over Kilmarnock on the opening day of the season, signals a notable change from their fortunes during the 2018/19 campaign.
A free-kick from Borna Barisic sealed all three points in their last league outing, while it took an injury-time goal from Conor Goldson to win against Killie.
McNamara says that these sort of games might have ended in draws or even defeats last season but that the Gers have shown the necessary winning mentality to get all three points.
He told Football Insider: “It’s a game they would have thought last year they wouldn’t have managed to get the points from. The goal – it was a good free-kick – was similar to getting a late goal away at Kilmarnock, while they battered Hibs.
“Those two games they got over the line whereas maybe last year the thought they wouldn’t. They’ll use that and get a bit of confidence from that. They’ve got the massive game on Sunday, I’m really looking forward to it.”
Rangers lost away to Kilmarnock twice last season, including on the final day, exacting their revenge on the opening day of the current campaign.
There were also a number of draws against sides lower in the table, including stalemates against Killie and Hibernian at Ibrox.