Paul Le Guen has warned his Rangers players they cannot afford to lose any more ground in the Bank of Scotland Premier League as they prepare to face Hibernian on Saturday.
The Ibrox club are involved in an apparent scrap with Hibernian and Aberdeen for second place after falling 16 points behind runaway leaders Celtic, who would have to slump dramatically to let Rangers back into title contention.
Le Guen is keen to avoid a repeat of the 2-1 defeat to the Edinburgh club at Easter Road earlier in the season and is well aware events this weekend could have an impact on the final league standings.
Another victory for Hibernian would allow them to move a point clear of their hosts and give them real hope of challenging for the runners-up spot, emulating the achievement of Edinburgh rivals Hearts last year.
A home win would see Rangers put some daylight between themselves and Hibs, and Le Guen believes that must be the aim of his players following the shock weekend defeat to Falkirk.
'That's why it is an important game for us,' he said.
'It is an opportunity to get more points. We can move further away so it is important.
'We need to have a good recovery (from Falkirk) and be ready to fight. It's an important game for the club.'
Le Guen believes the last meeting with Hibernian resulted in Rangers' worst performance of the season so far, and he has warned a vast improvement is needed this time around.
He said: 'We always learn but I hope it will be a different game.
'We had a poor first half and they had a good game.
'I think it's the worst half we have had during the season.'
With the next transfer window now just a few weeks away, there will be fresh calls for Le Guen to strengthen his team in January.
He has been linked with Hibernian pair Scott Brown and Kevin Thomson, and Brown's request to be placed on the transfer list at the weekend could pave the way for a move to Ibrox.
Saturday's game will provide the Rangers boss with another opportunity to have a look at the pair at close quarters, but he was giving nothing away about a potential swoop.
Le Guen told Rangers World: 'I think they are good players and I am not alone in thinking that.'