Ross County manager John Hughes has admitted that the 5-0 thrashing by Rangers at Ibrox yesterday was a “tough day” for his players – but hopes they return to training and use the Gers as the benchmark in their fight to save their place in the Scottish Premiership.
The Light Blues were relentless against Yogi’s side – on a high after beating Aberdeen 4-1 last weekend – and the Staggies boss insists there are still plenty of positives for his side to take from the Ibrox clash.
Hughes knows his sides’ campaign isn’t going to get “judged” on one afternoon at Ibrox and wants his players to learn after their experience against a “top class” side.
County sit one point clear of Hamilton at the foot of the table but have played two games more than Accies, with eleventh-placed Motherwell also one point and two games behind the Staggies but holding a far superior goal difference to both.
Although the scoreline doesn’t look great for County, the Staggies never let themselves down at Ibrox, particularly in the second half, and Hughes was pleased how they showed “togetherness and a willingness to work” – admitting that it gives him something to build on as he looks to haul them up the table.
“It’s a tough day for us, but our season won’t get judged on what happens here,” Hughes said [Scottish Sun].
“Everybody was high after the victory last week and we took plenty from it.
“We can still take plenty of positives from a defeat, from the basic fundamentals and the way Rangers played the game.
“We were up against a top class team, I hope all my players come back and say ‘that’s how to play football.’
“If you are a professional footballer and you think you are half-decent, after that you should think “I’ve still got a bit to go”.
“You can still take plenty from a defeat. The spirit, attitude, togetherness and willingness to work was all there. I know that’s a solid base I can still build on.
“When you’re playing against a side like Rangers, they can cut you open. At times they did that, but we hung in there.
“There are great lessons to be learned. It’s done and dusted.”
Here’s how Rangers fans reacted after James Tavernier missed from the penalty spot as the Gers thrashed County 5-0