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Rangers to stick with positive approach, says Dean Shiels

02/08/15 SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND.RANGERS V PETERHEAD.IBROX - GLASGOW.Peterhead's Graeme Smith (right) saves a shot from Dean Shiels.
Image: Dean Shiels is adamant Rangers will stay on the front foot

Dean Shiels says Rangers still have belief in the way they play despite their first defeat of the season against St Johnstone on Tuesday night.

The Ibrox team's 11-match winning start to the season came to an end in crushing fashion as they were beaten 3-1 at home in the League Cup.

Mark Warburton has implemented an attacking style since he took charge of the Glasgow giants and they have been convincing winners in several of their games.

But the way they get full-backs Lee Wallace and James Tavernier forward so often leaves gaps at the back and St Johnstone ruthlessly exposed that in midweek.

Although midfielder Shiels concedes there are risks attached to how Rangers conduct themselves on the park, he believes they are worth taking.

Ahead of Sunday's Championship game at Morton, he said: "I think it's a brave way of playing football.

"It's expansive. Everybody has praised how well our full-backs have done and we want them to attack.

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"Obviously there are times when we do become vulnerable at the back but that's the way we want to play. We want to be brave and attack on the front foot.

"I don't think we've conceded a lot of goals. What we have been doing has been working and we're not going to change that just because of one defeat.

Michael O'Halloran scores to give St Johnstone a 3-0 lead over Rangers
Image: Rangers lost their first game of the season against St Johnstone in the League Cup

"We've got a good squad and have belief. We're scoring goals so I don't see any reason to doubt that."

Shiels has already seen a good response to the St Johnstone result from his team-mates in training and wants to take that into the match at Cappielow.

He added: "We've reacted positively. We've done a bit of video analysis and did some work out on the grass. We're looking forward now to the game on Sunday.

"I think we need to learn from our mistakes and where we went wrong but I don't think we're going to change the way we play against anyone."

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