NICKY LAW hopes Rangers have gone some way to silencing their critics after taking a third Premiership scalp of the season by beating Kilmarnock at Ibrox.

Ally McCoist's side have come in for plenty of stick since their Championship title challenge suffered two major setbacks through a home draw with Alloa and defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle.

The pressure was firmly on the Gers ahead of the Scottish Cup clash with Killie but they responded in style with a deserved 3-0 win.

Less than 15,000 fans turned up but Law, left, was pleased with a far more impressive display in which he scored twice either side of a Kris Boyd goal. He said: "We've come in for a lot of flak for our results against Alloa and Hearts and rightly so.

"The most important thing about the Kilmarnock match was a victory. We were right at it from the first whistle in terms of our workrate and endeavour.

"Our confidence had taken a bit of a bruising in the last two weeks and it was not a great football match.

"Now we're coming up to a key period of the season in all the competitions we are in.

"Hopefully this will be the start of another good run for us.

"The last few weeks in terms of points dropped and performances have not been good enough. The players know that.

"Results have not been great and the fans were within their rights to stay away today.

"The match was also on TV and a lot of people probably stayed at home and watched it there.

"We just wanted to get a victory and build our confidence levels again.

"We were on a good run and playing some good stuff before the Alloa game here. We want to get back to that."

Rangers will discover their last-16 opponents when the draw for the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup is made at Hampden today after they took another major step towards the National Stadium.

McCoist's side had already beaten Inverness Caledonian Thistle and St Johnstone in the League Cup this season before yesterday's defeat of Killie and Law insists that the draw will hold no fears for Rangers.

He said: "We feel that we can beat anybody on our day.

"Unfortunately for us, at times this season that consistency has not been there. Yet when we are at it like we have been in the cup ties against the three Premiership teams - and Inverness, St Johnstone and Kimarnock are all good sides - we know we can beat them.

"We've also kept clean sheets against all three of those teams.

"We go into these cup ties confident. We feel we can beat anybody."