SCOTT ARFIELD admits he will need to keep raising his game if he is to retain his Rangers starting spot this season.

The midfielder saw his efforts prove in vain against Hibernian on Sunday as a well-taken goal and impressive all-round performance couldn't inspire Steven Gerrard's side to victory.

Arfield also netted in the win over Dundee United last weekend and is determined to continue rising to the challenges of the stiff competition for places in the middle of the park.

He said: “I think you need to because of the calibre of players we have got.

“I think my first start was against Livingston this season and then half an hour last week.

“The calibre of player has gone up since the manager has been here, particularly in the past season, and I think we’ll add to that again.

“The more good players we have in the building the better it is for us, we need to have goals from all over the pitch if we are going to be successful.

“So it’s about being ready, and when your chance comes, take it."

Arfield held his hands up for the double miss that arguably denied Rangers all three points at Easter Road as keeper Ofir Marciano made two top saves in a matter of seconds.

Rangers created their fair share of chances against Hibernian but only Alfredo Morelos and Arfield found the net as two crucial Premiership points slipped through their grasps.

Arfield said: “Sometimes you overthink these things. If we take some of those chances then it doesn’t get to a situation where it’s a disappointment.

“Livingston was a prime example, we were in the mid-20s in terms of shots and we had seven or eight good chances where we should score.

“And if we do that nobody talks about the performance, because the performance was probably just as good as it would have been had we won 3-0 or 4-0.

“It’s the same here, we had enough good chances to win the game, so it’s about staying positive, focused and we need to keep going.

“The good thing about European football is we have a chance to quickly turn it around and go again.”