RANGERS captain Lee Wallace has insisted the supporters remain “on board” with the team despite claims the fans put too much pressure on the players.

Livingston’s Myles Hippolyte who scored the equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 draw, believes that unless the Ibrox side are a couple of goals up early in a game, the tension from the stands is used by the opposition who can sense the Rangers players find such expectations hard to cope with.

Wallace, however, was adamant that despite a drop off in performances and results lately, the punters can see what Mark Warburton’s plan is and will stay with the team as they head into a vital few weeks of the season.

The skipper said: “The fans are not stupid. They know exactly what we are all about. I applauded them as I went off the pitch at Livingston, which was thoroughly deserved because they were tremendous from the start.

“Three stands were full and what other club on planet earth can do that.

“The fans will be disappointed with a draw, but they are on board with us. We are one. We share the same frustration and disappointed at dropping two points, but the fans know here we are going and how we are going to get there.

“We will move on together and us players will dedicate ourselves even more. We will look at this game and find out what went wrong and how we are going to beat this kind of opposition which deploy the game-plan Livingston had.”

This is in stark contrast to what Livingston felt at the weekend, which was once they drew level that the away crowd turned on Rangers.

Hippolyte, when asked if he sensed anxiety coming from the Rangers support, said: “Obviously, that’s the general feeling. They have a big crowd and if they’re not up by one or two in the first half the fans get onto them.

“It’s up to the players themselves to see what they can do to get a result. They don’t like the pressure too much and you can tell the fans are straight away on their backs. It’s the same with any club, really, but the bigger the club the more you hear it.

“It’s something every player must deal with. They played well but the draw was perfect for us.”

Rangers do remain top of the Championship, albeit now on goal-difference, and have a game in hand over Hibs.

Wallace insisted that while Saturday was a set-back, he and his team-mates will relish the challenge of working out how to beat teams such as Livingston.

Wallace said: “We need to be the best Rangers we can be. We have to be the Rangers everyone knows and spoke about up until maybe a couple of bumps in terms of results.

“It’s good that we are being asked these questions because now it is up to us to come up with the answers. As I keep stressing, we know the level of quality and belief we have in our dressing room.

“We are not the type to sulk or allow the heads to go down. It’s quite the opposite. We will work as hard as we can this week to get things right.

“We are still top of the league and will take things a day at a time. We have always been grounded. Even at a time when we had a big lead in the league, we never got carried away even when others might have.

“We have never spoken about titles. It seems to me that other teams and experts out there spoke about titles, not us. We have belief in what we are doing and will keep doing our best for this club.”