HE gets knocked down, but Sheyi Ojo always gets back up again. He knows there is only one direction he must travel in with Rangers.

Ojo has confidence in his own ability, but also the talent to back it up on the park as he looks to establish himself at Ibrox this season.

The win over St Joseph’s on Tuesday night would have been the first time that many fans had seen Ojo in action and both Gers supporters and awaiting opposition defenders would have been impressed with his strong running and quick feet.

The winger had too much power and pace for St Joseph’s and a crude first half challenge from Cristian Pecci showed their frustration. A lovely, curling finish in the second from Ojo ensured he capped a fine showing as Steven Gerrard’s side eased to a 4-0 win.

“I can score a lot of different types of goals,” Ojo said. “It’s all really just instinct. I don’t really know what I’m going to do when I get the ball.

“It just sort of happens. I think that comes down to me just being myself and playing freely. And in this team I am able to do that.

“It’s giving me the responsibility to get on the ball and make things happen. That can only improve me as a player.

“Every footballer needs confidence. The more games I play, hopefully the better I’ll do and throughout the season we’ll be able to do great things.

“You saw a few times in Gibraltar that I got kicked. I do get kicked a lot.

“To be honest, I’ve always been kicked throughout every game I’ve played since I was a kid.

“I’m used to it now. For me, I’ve just got too be smarter in the ball, know when to dribble and when to pass, when to play it quick and when to play it slow.

“Any chance I get to create or score myself, try and take it.

“It’s a backhanded compliment when opponents kick you. You just have to play better.

“I’m used to it. I expect more of that kind of thing this season.

“I’ve just got to focus on myself and the teak to try and make things happen when I get on the ball so we get three points.”

Boss Gerrard spoke glowingly about Ojo on Tuesday evening as the Liverpool kid looks to go from strength to strength after agreeing a season-long loan deal.

The standard of the opposition, of course, has to be taken into account and greater challenges naturally lie ahead. Ojo has left Gers fans enticed about what could come, though.

“I always try to stay on my feet,” he said. “Even in this game, I tried to stay on my feet as much as possible. I feel like free kicks slow the game down.

“I’d rather just carry on playing. There were times when I couldn't do that, but in general I try to stay on my feet and try to affect the game as much as I can.

“[I’ve been kicked] probably when I first started playing football. I’ve always wanted to get on the ball. I feel like when I’m on the ball, I’m at my best.

“Whether I’m playing striker, right wing, anywhere on the pitch, I want to get on the ball and I want to take responsibility.

“Tuesday was the perfect example of me being myself. In the games coming forward, I’m looking forward to showing everyone what I can do.

“I’d definitely like to get well over double figures but I’m not really thinking about it too much. I’ve just got to take each game as it comes and try to affect the game as much as I can.”

When Ojo joined up with the Rangers squad in Portugal last month, he admitted the chance to work with Gerrard was key in his decision to move to Glasgow after previous stints with Wigan, Wolves, Fulham and Reims in recent years.

There will be a fair burden placed on relatively young shoulders this term. It is an attacking responsibility the 22-year-old will happily accept.

Ojo said: “I enjoyed myself. It was really good to be out there playing with the team in the first proper game of the season.

“The aim was to get the win, we’ve done that by scoring four goals and we look forward to the next game.

“It’s lovely to hear the fans singing my name. From the minute I first came in, the players have really welcomed me into the squad and the fans too – on and off the pitch.

“It gives me a buzz every time I get on the ball. I want to help the team and please the fans.

“Obviously on Tuesday I was able to do that. I look forward to doing that throughout the season.

“I’ve always said that I need to show what I can do. I need to be myself.

“This season, with the backing of the players and the gaffer, I’m looking forward to every game that I get the opportunity to play in so I can show what I can do.

“I thought on Tuesday it was one step towards doing that but obviously there’s a long season ahead. I’m looking to take it step by step and show everyone what I can do.”

Ojo marked his competitive debut with a goal at the Victoria Stadium but he already had two in Light Blue after scoring in the warm-up games with Mansfield and Oxford this summer.

He took the advice of Anfield team-mate Ryan Kent before putting pen-to-paper with Rangers and has quickly settled into his new surroundings north of the border.

Ojo said: “When I spoke to him, he said it was amazing. He said it was the first time he had enjoyed his football in a long time.

“I sensed that as soon as I came here, in training and in the game the other day against Oxford. It’s all about enjoying your football, not just for me but for everyone else in the team. That can only improve you and make you play as best you can. It’s an amazing set-up to be a part of.

“In the Europa League, the league and all the cup games, everyone is looking forward to showing what we can do as a club and as individuals.”