Rangers v Kilmarnock Derek McInnes ‘reality check’ as boss contrasts club fortunes

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Contrasting with the teams’ success earlier this summer, McInnes refused to be overly pessimistic about a promising performance, even if it did not reap any rewards for his newly promoted side.

Back in May, Killie faced Arbroath in a two-horse Championship race as Rangers traveled to Sevilla to meet Eintracht Frankfurt for the Europa League trophy after an epic European campaign.

“I think we have to have a huge dose of realism here,” the Kilmarnock boss said. “A few months ago we were trying to get out of the Championship and Rangers were in a European final.

“We are frantically trying to build a team that helps us compete and try to close the gap. We didn’t spend any money and strive so the first stop was to come here, frustrate and stay in the game for as long as we could.

“We were hoping to get 0-0 at half time and for that I was happy, the discipline of the team was good.”

Midway through the second half, Giovanni van Bronckhorst replaced Antonio Colak, his first goalscorer, with chief poacher Alfredo Morelos, and the change of goalscorers saw the second-half goals split between the two.

“The goal was self-inflicted,” McInnes lamented of the opener. “We were lucky to play up front when Rangers had a high line, we got into a fankle, the tackle ricochets off Colak and he’s good enough to punish us – one of the few times they’ve come up further up the pitch and that was giving us possession.

Kilmarnock manager Derek McInnes at Ibrox. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group)

“Then Morelos comes – they have a rich array of talent and a wealth of options.

“There’s no doubt Rangers deserved to win, but I thought the 2-0 and the second goal was a bit harsh.”

After a matchday one draw with Dundee United, followed by the trip to Ibrox, Celtic are next at Rugby Park and McInnes added: “I’m disappointed we haven’t been able to do more with possession in first half, but our season will not be.” be defined by playing Rangers at Ibrox.

“Hopefully the next time we come here we will see some improvements, but I’m encouraged by the two performances we’ve had.”

Kilmarnock manager Derek McInnes speaking to Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson before the cinch Premiership match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group)

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