SCOTT ARFIELD hopes Rangers’ never-say-die attitude will pay dividends this season after their dramatic victory over Kilmarnock on Sunday.

Steven Gerrard’s side got their campaign off to a winning start at Rugby Park as Connor Goldson headed home in injury time to earn the visitors all three points.

Arfield had given the Gers the perfect start as he converted at the far post when a Nikola Katic effort was blocked but Gerrard’s side couldn’t capitalise on their early advantage.

In a game of few chances, Stephen O’Donnell pulled Killie level with just a few minutes remaining and it looked like Angelo Alessio would mark his Premiership bow with a battling point.


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Rangers had other ideas, though, as Goldson sparked wild celebrations in the final seconds. And Arfield reckons the Light Blues proved their mentality by finding a decisive and hugely important goal right at the death.

He said: “Every last-minute winner is enjoyable and it is really enjoyable to do it at a place like because you know how tough it is before the game and during the game. To get the goal and show that character and go as long as we needed to was very enjoyable.

“I think every game at this football club is the same. You need to give them credit because it is as really hard place to come and everyone knows that.

“Everyone talks about the pitch but you do them a disservice into how organised they are, particularly the midfield with the way they shuffle across. They are incredibly hard to play against so it is very enjoyable to get the last minute winner.

“That is the thing that we spoke about at the end of last season, that we spoke about during the season. Again, that is what we have said at the start of the season.


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“As long as we go as strong as possible, as long as possible, we can keep going and we have got leaders in there that are going to step up at big times.

“We have got [that mentality]. I think we showed it on numerous occasions last year but then we fell short. At a club like this, it gets magnified and it should because you should be winning most games. In every game, that is our objective to do that.

“It is a mentality and that is the sort of mentality that the manager has brought into this group of players. That is what he has been banging on about, to go as long as possible. It has come to fruition today and we are really happy with it.”