ASH TAYLOR reckons Kilmarnock can use the memories of their Premiership promotion bid to salvage their top flight status this term.

The Rugby Park outfit were left empty-handed on Saturday as Rangers scored three times in the first half to render a Jeriel Dorsett header irrelevant at Ibrox.

Boss Derek McInnes was frustrated with the manner of the goals conceded as Connor Goldson and Fashion Sakala netted before a James Tavernier penalty.

And he was bemused at why his side didn't get a spot-kick of their own for an Allan McGregor challenge on Rory McKenzie after the break.

Kilmarnock remain four points ahead of Dundee United and defender Taylor is confident the squad have the quality and character to come through their relegation challenge,

Taylor said: "We’ve had fine margins in the games away from home. We’ve just not had the second goal to give us a lift, or even the first one and left ourselves with a mountain to climb at times.

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"We can take confidence from the performance in the second half here and look to build on it.

"We still have to play all the teams around us again. It’s going to come down to that at the end of the day and we just have to make sure we take the points out of those games.

"We look forward to it. It’s a challenge we’ll relish.

"I know what’s in that changing room. I know this group of boys. We were against it last year when we were trying to get promoted and we came through that, with that game against Arbroath at the end.

"As I say, I know what’s in the changing room and we’ve got the belief in there to do what we need to do.

"I look at it as the same pressure. We’ve got a job to do. It’s about keeping the club in the league.

"Last year, it was about getting back up. It’s the same prize of the Premiership at the end of the day.

"I’ve been at the top end of the table fighting for things and I know the experience of the manager in these situations, too."