RANGERS return to action after the international break against Dundee this weekend and it is the start of a really important run for Pedro Caixinha’s side.

The OId Firm game obviously stands out on the schedule but the league fixtures with Dundee, Partick Thistle and Hamilton are crucial. So, too, is the Betfred Cup tie at Firhill.

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But the next game is always the most important for Rangers and they can’t afford to take anything for granted against Neil McCann’s side as they look to get their first Premiership win of the season at Ibrox.

There are a lot of good games coming up and it would be great to get a bit of momentum but every game is difficult for Rangers just now. Unless they are up for the battles, they won’t be winning any wars.

Most of the players have had a break over the last fortnight and that will be good for them, especially considering the short holiday they had over the summer before they were back for the European fixtures.

Getting the win at Ross County would have given them a wee lift, but Rangers need a big lift.

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Any talk about the team having turned the corner is rubbish. One result doesn’t do that.

If they can go through September undefeated, get through to the next round of the cup and get a result against Celtic, then there will be signs of progress. But Rangers have got a long way to go.

It is all about consistency. It is no use winning one, then dropping points, then winning a couple, then losing.

They need to put a run together like Celtic and Aberdeen did last season where you win week, after week, after week. Rangers have better players than they did last season so now they need to win games.

If you are playing for most other clubs and you suffer a couple of bad results, you get away with it. You don’t at Rangers.

People’s jobs are on the line if you are not winning matches, so it is imperative that you have the right mentality to do it week in, week out. That is what Rangers need to do now.

You can’t play well all the time, but you have to win all the time. That is the bottom line for the manager.

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This is a good month for Rangers but the players can’t afford to look any further than the next one. Prepare for it, win it, move on.

Rangers are under pressure in every game. When the manager gets a result, people say he is not so bad after all. When we drop points, it changes and people say he has to go.

It takes time for players to bed into a club, to get used to the way a team plays. But when you are at Rangers you don’t get that time. While you are settling in, you need to be getting results.

There is scrutiny of the manager and the players in every game. You can be brilliant one week and a diddy the next in the eyes of some people.

Look at the players that left in the summer. Everyone was saying that Rangers were quite right to get rid of them, but then they start scoring goals elsewhere and it is ‘why did we let them go?’ You can’t win if you are the Rangers manager.

It takes a certain kind of character to be successful at Rangers. When you are struggling, there is real pressure on you and you have to be able to hand that.

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It is easy to play for other clubs when there is no pressure on you. But they couldn’t do it when they were at Rangers.

This squad does need a bit of time and there are some fans that are realistic about what to expect, especially when you are bringing a lot of players in from abroad.

You are not going to get all of them hitting the ground running but the fans will expect that the performance levels steadily increase and that a high standard is maintained.

It is unfair to judge people on a couple of games. It is either up or down and there is no middle ground for some supporters.

The only way that the manager and the players get that off their back is by winning matches so they need to try and put a run together over the next couple of weeks.

The scrutiny is certainly on them. They have to be the challengers and there is that expectation on them game by game.

The manager says that the team work hard in training and they look good. But it is easy to do it when there is nobody watching and there is no pressure on you.

When you come out in front of 50,000 at Ibrox or a full stadium away from home, that is when you have got to perform and you have to produce.

The win against Ross County was certainly welcome. Now Rangers need to make sure there are plenty more in the next few weeks.