BRUNO Alves believes Rangers have to learn to cope with the pressure of playing in front of a full house at Ibrox to enjoy a successful campaign after losing their fourth league game at home this season.

The Portuguese centre half and his team mates, who had previously been defeated at their Govan ground by Hibernian, Celtic and Hamilton, lost 3-1 to St. Johnstone on Saturday.

The Rangers fans in the 47,923-strong crowd turned on Graeme Murty’s players in the second half as Tommy Wright’s men romped to what was a richly-deserved triumph.

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Former Porto, Zeni St. Petersburg and Fenerbahce defender Alves feels in future Rangers have to try not to panic when they fall behind and supporters start giving them stick.

“It is very disappointing to lose at home because we get more motivation and more support from the fans,” he said. “ We are always playing in a full stadium. It’s amazing. Even in away games, we have a lot of support.

“But sometimes with a big team there is pressure, especially when we concede goals. We need to know how to handle the pressure because the pressure will always be there for the big teams.

“If we know how to handle the pressure better, we can have better results. Sometimes we need to have more patience with the ball. Sometimes it is not the best way to play fast. Sometimes we need to move the ball and wait for a better chance or a different solution.

“It’s always a difficult situation when you need to score. We want to make everything faster. We need to be prepared when results are not the best for us. We need to be confident and patient to change results.

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“Sometimes when we concede a goal, we have to be patient, move the ball and wait for a better solution or a better decision. It’s about handling the pressure and being patient and believing that we can score.”

Alves added: It’s very difficult. We are disappointed after four wins. it shouldn’t happen, especially at home. But we are trying to do better. We need to learn from our mistakes, keep moving forward and try to win our next games.

“It’s difficult to find a reason. We had the motivation after four wins. Sometimes these things happen in football. We need to watch the game again, see what we did wrong and try not to make the same mistakes in our next games."

Alves feels that Rangers have to be more wary of their opponents counter attacking against them in games at Ibrox that they dominate than they have been at times this season.

The 35-year-old, though, has praised the St. Johnstone players for the quality of the goals they scored at Ibrox at the weekend and insisted they were not due to errors by his team.

“From what I remember of the goals, I don’t believe they were mistakes,” he said. “It was a good shot, a good header. Sometimes it is not just mistakes. Sometimes you need to value what the opponent did and the quality.

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“I don’t believe they were mistakes, but we need to be more focused and try to be more away from our box and prevent the counter-attack. We are always attacking, but we also need to prepare to defend when we lose the ball.”

Murty’s side went in to the game on the back of a four game winning run after back-to-back triumphs over Aberdeen and victories over Ross County and Hibernian.

The loss saw Aberdeen, who had earlier defeated Hibs 4-1 at Pittodrie, move three points ahead of Rangers in second place in the Premiership table.

But Alves denied that the Ibrox club only raise their games for big matches and is still hopeful they can enjoy a good season and finish runners-up in the league.

“I don’t think we change the mentality for different games,” he said. “When you play for Rangers, you always need to have the motivation and be prepared to play against all the teams.

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“I think we have the quality to show that we can do it. We need the support of everybody. We still believe that we can reach the position that we want and the main goals we want.

“We want to win all the games and see what we can do. We cannot think about the end. We need to think game by game, be stronger as a team and not concede so many goals. We need to be prepared for that.”

Rangers were missing Graham Dorrans, Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace on Saturday, but Alves is adamant they can cope without the experienced trio and win games.

“We need everybody to improve the team,” he said. “We need experience, but we also need young, fresh talent to bring something to the team.

“Sometimes experience is not enough. We also need quality, speed, a lot of things that I believe the team have.

“Of course, these players that you mention are important, but everybody together can do it. We want to perform well. We want to reach the position that everybody believes the team can be.”