First Team

Rangers Reaction: Robbie Neilson

16th October 2021

Robbie Neilson has hailed his players for showing their character in this afternoon’s 1-1 draw with Rangers.

A goal behind heading into the 90th minute, thanks to John Lundstram’s first-half opener, Craig Halkett became the hero when he nodded home a stoppage time equaliser to send 900 Jambos into delirium.

Praising his side for their fight, the manager was delighted his side was able to extend their unbeaten run to nine games and insists they must keep it going against Dundee next week.

“I’ve got a really good group here – and we are still undefeated,” he said. “The longer that continues the more teams will come after us.

“We’re the team to hunt down now.

“I thought it was a really good game. We went toe-to-toe with the champions. They created some chances, we created some chances, but I was just delighted for the players.

“They showed tremendous character. There were periods of the game we needed to fight.

“There were times we were in control as well. We wanted to come here and win but we’ll take the point.

“I thought we were on top when Rangers scored. The first 15-20 minutes we found difficult and we weren’t doing the things we spoke about before the game.

“But we started to get a foothold and had control before the goal. We had to ride the storm a little bit but the second half I thought we played really well.

“It’s about the next game now. There’s no point getting a point here and not doing it against Dundee.”