Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has told his Ibrox team-mates that they need to “bounce back” after the 2-0 Scottish Cup defeat by Aberdeen – and insists that is what “the bests teams do.”

The Light Blues have failed to win any of their last three games and Defoe believes it’s time the players proved they are “good enough” to be at Ibrox.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Jermain Defoe of Rangers is congratulated by James Tavernier after he scores the fourth goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Steven Gerrard’s side face Kilmarnock this weekend and the veteran hitman has demanded his team-mates put things right after such a disappointing result.

“You have to bounce back and that’s what the best teams do. You have to show the manager, the staff, the club, the fans that you’re good enough to play here,” Defoe said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Jermain Defoe of Rangers controls the ball during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“Even when you’ve had a setback you must try and put things right and always remain positive.

“Obviously, the next few days are going to be difficult because we are naturally disappointed following such a result.

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“We just want the next game to come round quickly to try and put things right.”

Defoe has scored five times and contributed four assists in eleven appearances since signing on loan in January.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Jermain Defoe of Rangers looks on during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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The veteran striker has been unable to force his way into the starting XI on a regular basis yet but will be hoping he can get into the side.

With nine games left in the season, the Gers have an eight-point gap either side of them so Gerrard could look to experiment a little in coming games.