Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson admitted he was pleased with the performance of his side at the weekend, despite a narrow defeat in the end to Rangers.

The Staggies slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Victoria Park courtesy of a late Ryan Kent goal for the visitors.

Steven Gerrard’s side have been in poor form domestically since the winter break, and had suffered back-to-back defeats to Hearts and Hamilton before heading to Dingwall.

Ferguson was pleased with County’s performance vs Rangers (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

It was another disjointed display from the Gers, who got a big slice of luck with Kent’s 77th-minute strike deflecting off Richard Foster and into the far corner beyond the reach of goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw.

Despite having nothing to show for their efforts, Ferguson was upbeat over what his side had shown during Sunday’s game.

He told the club’s official website: “It was a much improved performance to Wednesday [4-1 loss vs Motherwell] and also to the last time Rangers came up here.

“We thought that we managed parts of the game well, especially up against quality opposition. We never got too drawn in by all the drama surrounding Rangers of recent, we know just how ruthless they can be and the depth of quality they have and we had to stay focused on our own jobs today.”

Crunch time for County

The nature of the goal will be hard for Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell to take.

Ferguson and Kettlewell have three crunch games coming up (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Despite Rangers’ recent troubles they were still clear favourites to beat County, who must regain focus with three massive games coming up now against, Hamilton, Hearts and St Mirren – the three sides below them in the table.

The Staggies might have been unlucky in the end against Rangers, but they can ill-afford to slip up in their next three, with six points separating ninth and bottom.

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