Rangers left-back Declan John has told his team-mates that they have to defeat Motherwell at Ibrox on Wednesday night to make up for the 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock.

John, who recently signed a permanent deal with the Gers after joining from Cardiff initially on loan, opened the scoring at Rugby Park before two Kris Boyd goals gave Killie a deserved victory.

“It’s not the way I wanted to celebrate a new contract,” he said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“Wednesday’s game is now a must-win for us ahead of the Celtic game, we must bounce back.

“We will have to put in a good performance at home and obviously we’ve then got the big game against Celtic.”

The Gers go into the game against Motherwell next week three points behind second placed Aberdeen and eight points behind first placed Celtic.

The upcoming match against Motherwell is first between the sides since the Betfred Cup semi-final in October which the Steelmen won 2-0.

The Welsh left-back has been a rare success story for the Gers in what has been a poor season so far, putting in consistent performances for what has been a very inconsistent side.

The Kilmarnock match was Graeme Murty’s first in charge since being appointed permanent manager at Ibrox until the end of the season.

He has had indifferent results since being in charge of the Gers, initially on an interim basis, since the sacking of Pedro Caixinha.

Two wins over Aberdeen and a win over Hearts have been followed by defeats to Hamilton, Dundee and St Johnstone and now the latest setback against Kilmarnock.

In other Rangers news, Andy Halliday will remain on loan with Gabala in January

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