Lafferty: Rangers' attitude has not been good enough
Rangers forward Kyle Lafferty has admitted the attitude of the squad this season has not been good enough, after they suffered heavy home defeats to Sevilla and Unirea Urziceni in the Champions League and have slipped up in defence of their SPL crown.
Northern Ireland international Lafferty has revealed Gers boss Walter Smith has read them the riot act in a bid to get a response out of his players.
"I don't know if there is one reason behind our recent poor results, I think there are several factors," Lafferty told the Daily Record. "Everyone has to look at themselves, never mind the team, but I think you can only do so much for yourself.
"At the end of the day it's only a team that can win a game, not individuals. It's definitely been the case that people have been thinking they can just turn up and play every week. But the gaffer has put his foot down and told us we have to work hard in training to earn a place on Saturday.
"I think everyone has taken his word for that and is working hard again. There was a bit of a flat mood but we've had some good sessions since then and are hoping we've learned the lessons from recent disappointments. Now we're keen to show our supporters and the gaffer we're over that."
Lafferty also believes his side need to improve quickly if they want to win anything this season as he feels Rangers' rivals have closed the gap on them.
"There are a lot of things we have to work on as a team and as individuals," he added. "I remember a time when Rangers would go out and beat teams by four or five goals but I think those days are gone.
"I don't think it's all down to those teams getting better. Our level has dropped and our attitude has come down massively. We have to get that right if we want to do anything this season."